Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Strikes Hit Syria as Country Had 'chance for Peaceful Future': Moscow

Strikes Hit Syria as Country Had 'chance for Peaceful Future': Moscow

Russia, a Syrian ally, has warned the United States that air strikes risk a new war.

It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials having taken place of the victims.

"We can not exclude any possibilities, unfortunately", Mr Nebenzia told reporters after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY.

U.S. President Donald Trump has blamed the attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying there wasn't "much of a doubt" he was behind the strike. But Mattis and other members of his national security team cautioned Trump during the meeting that such a strategy could pull the United States into direct conflict with Russian Federation and Iran.

"Considering what has happened, we consider it possible to reassess this question and not just as far as concerns Syria, but other countries too", Rudskoi said.

The US' keenness to strike stemmed from its charge that the Syrian government had attacked a rebel-held enclave within the country with chemical weapons, killing about 50 people, and the West says it draws the line at chemical weapons, whose use is banned in global law. "This is not a threat".

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Members of the Syrian police hold their weapons as they sit on a back of a truck at the city of Douma, Damascus, Syria April 16, 2018.

In the United Kingdom, cabinet ministers agreed that it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for the alleged attack and said the use of chemical weapons must not "go unchallenged".

He did not say what the evidence was.

US, French and British missiles destroyed sites suspected of hosting chemical weapons development and storage facilities, in a move lauded by President Trump as "perfectly executed" - although the buildings were mostly empty and both Damascus and Syria's opposition rubbished its impact. The rebels who had controlled Douma for six years surrendered the day after the alleged incident, which left dozens of apparently uninjured men, women and children dead in an apartment building, with foam coming out of their mouths, according to video footage. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.

As Haley began her remarks, she broke from the prepared text to say, "I started to listen to my Russian friend and respond, but instead I am in awe, Vassily, of how you say what you say with a straight face".

Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that images of victims of the purported attack were staged with "Britain's direct involvement, " without providing evidence.

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Last month the Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks that targeted the USA power grid.

A draft resolution circulated by the three countries and obtained late Saturday by The Associated Press would condemn all use of chemical weapons, especially the April 7 attack in Douma. "We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages", the official added.

Russia, which is an element of this P5 - that the 5 permanent members of their U.N. Security Council - partnered with the U.S.at 2013, if the US was running airstrikes on Syria, in an agreement that involved Syria's compound weapons stash to be eliminated from the middle of 2014.

He accused Washington of putting worldwide peace at risk and said the situation was "very dangerous". "Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation".

But Guterres said Syria today is the most serious, and "there is no military solution to the conflict".

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