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Russian Federation warns of war over Syria strikes

16 April 2018

We will not attack American targets, although Russian Federation could do that.

"This is grotesque, it is a blatant lie, it is the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian propaganda machine", said Britain's United Nations ambassador Karen Pierce.

Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday that Western strikes on Syria came as the country had "a chance of a peaceful future".

"Again, we are being threatened".

The US president said Washington is prepared to "sustain" pressure on al-Assad until he ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

US President Donald Trump is still reviewing military options available in Syria as diplomatic tensions continue to rumble between Russian Federation and the West.

Russia should sell its S-300 air defense systems to Iran, North Korea and Syria, simultaneously training these countries' servicemen to use the weapon, Alexander Sherin, first deputy chairman of the Russian parliament's lower house defense committee, told Sputnik on Saturday. The Nazi forces' opening attack against the USSR in 1941 was launched around 4 a.m., the same time in Russian Federation that Friday's attack occurred.

The Kremlin has not yet released a formal response to the offensive, however, and President Trump addressed both Moscow and Tehran in his Friday evening address.

USA and Russian navies are closely watching each other.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia (L) and Bolivia's Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz speak to the media outside Security Council chambers at the U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., April 12, 2018.

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The ambassador noted that Russia's role in Syria was not to support al-Assad but to deal a blow to global terrorism.

However, pushing such conspiracy theories has become a norm in Russian Federation, whenever Russia wants to cover up its or its allies footprints in Syria.

The close proximity of USA and Russian ships prompted Andrey Kortunov, director of the Russian International Affairs Council, to make a loose comparison to the Cuban Missile Crisis, although he stopped short of saying the situation is that dire.

"I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today, " he said. We have to make some further decisions. "But within that, I believe that now the situation is more risky than it has been since any moment the Trump administration came to power".

Huge blasts were reported around Damascus early on Saturday, moments after the US, France, and Britain announced they were striking Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

Russian Federation and Syria also clashed with the three Western allies over the legality of the airstrikes and responsibility for the Security Council's paralysis. Russian Ambassador to Beirut Alexander Zasypkin cited orders by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Biological samples from the area of the attack in Syria have tested positive for chlorine and a sarin-like nerve agent, according to a United States official who's familiar with the USA analysis of the test results. Although Dunford stressed the regularity of communications via this line, the type of offensive US officials notified the Russian military of was undoubtedly out of the ordinary when compared to ongoing anti-ISIS operations. The U.S. -led strike was a response to a purported chemical attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7.

"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged event, and that the secret services of a certain state that is now at the forefront of a Russophobic campaign was involved in this staged event", he said during a press conference.

"If there is a strike by the Americans, then. the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired", Zasypkin told Hezbollah's al-Manar TV Tuesday evening in Arabic, according to Reuters.

Russian Federation warns of war over Syria strikes