UN Security Council votes down Russian Federation proposal to condemn Syria strikes


"We are confident that we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme". They are expected to arrive on Saturday.

Mr Jaffer, a former advisor to US President George W. Bush, argued the Assad regime in Syria would not exist if it was not for the support of Vladimir Putin, claiming the Russian President was also to blame for the deadly civil conflict.

In the near term, the military strike appeared to ramp up a searing war of words between Washington and Moscow, which regarded the action as a attack on Russian Federation itself.

The council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the global affairs committee in the upper house of Parliament, said the strikes appeared to have been aimed at preventing an investigation of the alleged chemical-weapons attack that Washington cited as the justification.

When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces launched a chemical weapons attack against civilian targets a year ago, Trump was horrified by the deaths of "beautiful little babies" and quickly ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield, although he listened to top military advisers and made a decision to minimize Russian and other casualties.

And this line has been backed by the United Kingdom and U.S. who are also pointing the finger at President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the strikes were a "one-time shot" and that no additional airstrikes were now planned.

The call for action came after a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta last week killed over 70 people.

After months of criticism that Trump was being soft on Putin, the US president pulled no punches with a Tweet on Sunday: "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad".

He later told reporters at the White House: "We're having a meeting today on Syria". "The Americans and their allies did everything to make sure they didn't hit Russian units".

"I think we actually have to penalise Russian Federation and Iran for their support of Syria".

A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expected to head to Douma, the site of the suspected attack.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Moscow's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Thursday.

Nebenzia said the situation was "very dangerous" and they "cannot exclude any possibilities".

Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, warned that U.S. missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat, the report said. Rudskoi says Saturday's strike hasn't caused any casualties and Syrian military facilities targeted by the U.S., Britain and France have suffered only minor damage.