Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service

'Consequences' for Syria strike: Russia

Russia warns of 'consequences' for US-led strike on Syria

The UN Security Council is to meet again on Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff, as United States President Donald Trump appeared to back away from imminent action, days after warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for missile strikes.

As fears of a Russia confrontation with Western powers mount, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Russia strongly condemns the attack on Syria where Russian servicemen are helping the legitimate Government in the war on terrorism", the Kremlin press office quoted Putin as saying. "We thank them both", Trump added.

The US, UK, and France said they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad's government.

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said a reported chemical attack in Syria was staged by foreign agents.

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"We have absorbed the strike", the official told Reuters.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line, " Haley said.

"We expect the mission to go without any delay to Douma where Russian specialists who examined this place have not found any confirmations of the use of chemical weapons", he said.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.

"We did have some surface-to-air missile activity from the Syrian regime", General and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford said at a Pentagon briefing.

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'We would have preferred an alternative path.

Russia's foreign ministry said Syria had been attacked just as it had a chance for peace.

"I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today, " he said.

The United States, Britain and France have argued that military action was necessary after Assad's forces had used toxic gases multiple times in violation of worldwide law.

According to Syrian medics and a statement by the World Health Organisation, more than 40 people died on April 7 in a strike on the former rebel outpost of Douma of symptoms consistent with the use of chemical weapons.

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He said the analysis was done at the request of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. And it would establish a body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks, call for a cease-fire in Syria, unimpeded access for all humanitarian aid, and an urgent resumption of negotiations on a political settlement. "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.

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