Russian Ambassador in Croatia on "Barbaric Aggression" in Syria

UN chief Antonio Guterres | File AP

UN chief Antonio Guterres | File AP

The Pentagon said the strikes targeted a research centre in Damascus and a chemical weapons storage facility and command post west of Homs.

Rudskoi said the United States actions in Syria were aimed at destabilising the situation in the region. "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military", Trump tweeted yesterday. When Syrian President Bashar al Assad's regime used sarin gas in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in 2017, Russian officials then also accused the White Helmets of making up the attack, asking them how the first responders remained alive without gas masks while they reported the attack. "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep". A French frigate, UK Royal Navy submarines laden with cruise missiles and the U.S.S Donald Cook, an American destroyer equipped with Tomahawk land attack missiles, have all moved into range of Syria's sun-bleached coast.

But both Dunford and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stressed that strikes were not meant to pull America deeper into Syria's war.

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a US strike could lead to a conflict with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted.

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Though when prodded about whether or not the offensive would continue, he made it clear that it would if there were any subsequent chemical weapon attacks carried out by Assad's regime.

Konashenkov released statements he said came from medics at Douma's hospital, saying a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons, dousing them with water and causing panic.

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the deterioration of the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", he added.

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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.

"Clearly, the Assad regime did not get the message past year", he said.

Minister for Defence Marise Payne confirmed there was no Australian involvement in the strike.

Saturday's calibrated response in Moscow to the US airstrike against a key Middle Eastern ally illustrated in stark terms the Kremlin's balancing act as it pushes to expand its influence overseas but seeks to maintain control over how far tensions rise.

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"These strikes are not seeking to escalate the conflict in Syria, but these violations of global law and norms can not be allowed to continue".

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