Russian Federation warns of "consequences' for Syria strikes"

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Four countries abstained - Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.

Damascus is seen as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Russian Federation supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has military personnel in Syria, creating a risk of armed confrontation between Washington and Moscow surrounding the country's long running civil war.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are expected to arrive in Syria over the weekend to investigate the reported attack, following an invitation from Damascus.

On Thursday, US officials said they had blood and urine samples from victims which had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent, according to a NBC News report.

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

A Downing Street spokesperson added: "They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".


"The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances is illegal and utterly reprehensible", Mr Turnbull said.

"We put facts contrary to your myths", he said.

'We would have preferred an alternative path. Russian Federation warned that any Western airstrikes against Syria would ignite a war.

The suspected poison gas attack in Douma, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn global outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria, something Moscow has strongly warned against.

Konashenkov said that "powerful pressure from London was exerted on representatives of the so-called White Helmets to quickly stage the premeditated provocation".

Russia's Nebenzia called it "a very sad day for the world, for the United Nations, for its Charter which was blatantly, blatantly violated, and for the Security Council which has shirked its responsibilities". "It's some of the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian Federation propaganda machine".

The US and France said they had proof it took place and, alongside the United Kingdom, were considering military retaliation. Moscow alleged soon after the suspected April 7 attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fakes.

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