UN Security Council rejects Russian resolution on Syria

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Anatoly Antonov said in a statement on Friday (US eastern time) that Russian Federation had warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences" and "all responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris".

Before unleashing airstrikes with the United Kingdom and France on Friday night, Trump spent days conducting an intensive review of options and strategies with Pentagon officials and his National Security Council, according to a White House official. "However, we used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year", said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

"The president's national security team met today". Trump has criticized President George W. Bush's administration for the war in Iraq.

But he notably also said there was "no reason for this", reiterated his hope for talks with Putin to halt a new arms race, and blamed his domestic political opponents for poisoning ties.

Criticism of the allied airstrikes was limited.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted". He and Trump spoke repeatedly this week.

The Russian President, who backs Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, has called for an immediate United Nations Security Council meeting to what the Kremlin has called "an attack on Syria". Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down USA forces for years.

However, other channels, even those that are agreed to be used, are sometimes not used, because the US side tends to "refuse to meet at the last moment without explaining the reasons", he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strikes would have "a destructive effect on the entire system of global relations".

The attack also comes just hours before experts from the UN Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were scheduled to visit Douma on Saturday to determine whether chemical weapons had indeed been used there.

According to a statement by the French presidency, Macron called for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria. "Hopefully, someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and maybe even Iran - but maybe not".


It said that "all responsibility" rests with Washington, London and Paris.

Britain said that the A234 agent belonged to the family of Soviet-designed nerve agents dubbed Novichok.

In the opening speech, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all states on Saturday "to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people". But he called on regional forces to contribute.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances", he said.

Britain has accused Russian Federation of poisoning them with a Soviet-designed agent, an accusation that Moscow denies.

The White House said such targeted sanctions would help to ensure that Russian oligarchs profiting from the Kremlin's destabilising activities, including its interference of Western democratic elections in 2016 and 2017, would face consequences for their actions. Trump said Washington is prepared to "sustain" pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

"I'm not ready to speculate that that would happen", Mattis said, referring to the prospect of open conflict with Russian Federation. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

Attacking Mueller, he tweeted, "Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama".

Jamil Jaffer, founder of the National Security Institute at George Mason University'sScalia Law School, said that Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Macron were to be "applauded for this strong action".

President Trump "has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria", Haley said.

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