Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Russian Federation warns USA launching air strikes could spark a war

Russian Federation warns USA launching air strikes could spark a war

Following the US-led strikes, however, "we consider it possible to return to examination of this issue not only in regard to Syria but to other countries as well", Rudskoi said.

The action followed a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

Western powers continued to weigh their options on Friday over possible strikes against Syria's regime as pressure built to avoid an escalation following a warning from Russian Federation that military action could lead to "war".

"Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the USA and its allies", President Vladimir Putin said in a statement published on the Kremlin website.

Three civilians were wounded in Homs after "several" missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems, Syrian state TV said.

The current escalation of the situation in Syria "has a destructive effect on the whole system of global relations", the Kremlin said.

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Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Syria's ally Russian Federation opposes such action, the BBC reported on Friday.

"They know we are there, I wish there was dialect though the proper channels on this to avert any risky developments", he said. "It would provoke a retaliation operation by government forces and the White Helmets were to use it to stage a provocation with an alleged use of chemical weapons", he said.

U.S. officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table".

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were found there.

A meeting of the North Atlantic Council will be held Saturday afternoon, a NATO official told CNN.

Russia, which has stonewalled diplomatic efforts at the UN Security Council, has vehemently denied a chemical attack took place and accused the West of seeking an excuse for military action.

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Earlier on Saturday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was left with "no alternative path" but to order the air strikes. "We can not take such risks", he said at a forum. "And it was not about regime change".

A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expected to head to Douma, the site of the suspected attack. He continued by saying that worldwide law has been systematically violated in Syria and that he feels angry at reports of chemical weapons use in the country. Britain says Russian Federation is behind the Salisbury poisoning, a charge Moscow denies.

Britain's UN Ambassador Karen Pierce meanwhile rejected a charge by a Russian defence ministry spokesman that Britain was involved in staging a fake chemical weapons attack in Douma. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

Merkel said all available evidence pointed to the Assad regime being responsible for the Douma attack and criticized Russian Federation for blocking an independent investigation through the UN Security Council.

"All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons". "Syria continues to engage in and provide a base for murderous actions, including those of Iran, that put its territory, its forces and its leadership at risk", the official said.

Facing a stark choice between engaging the United States, Britain and France in combat or passively watching them strike his ally, President Vladimir Putin has opted for the peaceful route.

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The UN Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of "aggression" by the United States, United Kingdom and France against Syria.

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