Russian envoy warns of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

A child affected by an alleged chemical attack in Syria over the weekend.               Syria Civil Defense White Helmets via APTN

A child affected by an alleged chemical attack in Syria over the weekend. Syria Civil Defense White Helmets via APTN

It said that Syria's air defense assets have downed all of them. Fortunately, the US-led strikes were carefully tailored not to hit Russian or Iranian interests in Syria.

"The situation is being analysed right now".

Zakharova suggested that Western media bore some responsibility for the strikes, claiming the White House cited "multiple media sources" on the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.

Syria and its ally Russia have denied such an attack took place, and Moscow has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

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

"First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State, now smart American rockets".

In a statement released on Twitter, Russia's ambassador to the US said the country was being "threatened", and issued an ominous warning that reprisals could follow.

Following up on President Donald Trump's threat, the United States - along with allies Britain and France - rained cruise missiles at three locations in Syria on Saturday, the biggest strike by the West in the seven years of the war in Syria.

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The Russian Ambassador to the USA has warned of "consequences" after the USA and its allies launched a coordinated military action against Syria.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the use of chemical weapons in Syria threatens world peace and that Russian Federation is responsible. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", Anatoly Antonov said in a statement on Friday night.

"What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" 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.

Haley also said that Russian Federation used its veto power to protect the Assad regime and prevented the punishment of those who use chemical weapons in Syria.

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