Russian officials react to joint attack

Gwen Vasquez
April 16, 2018

Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Friday that Britain was "directly involved in the provocation", but didn't elaborate or provide evidence.

The strikes were a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma last Saturday (April 7), which killed dozens of civilians. Last year, the United States launched a retaliatory strike against one said to have taken place in Khan Sheikhoun, where victims had tested positive for sarin poisoning.

The investigators, who are mandated to determine only if chemical weapons were used and not who used them, were expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based organization said. Another president would have repudiated a world vision where autocrats abuse their citizens with genocide, chemical weapons, or persecution without fear of global accountability.

The United States on Friday blamed the Syrian government for a deadly chemical weapons attack this month and slammed Russian Federation for failing to stop its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, as U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to weigh a forceful military response.

But the strikes threaten to deepen the growing conflict between the USA and Russian Federation, which threatened earlier in the week to shoot down any us missiles targeting Assad, and effectively turn Syria into a proxy battleground between the two Cold War powers.

This scenario, he said, "cannot be tolerated. especially in light of the deployment in Syria of the Russian contingent". He didn't elaborate or name the state.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", he added.

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace", Trump said.

When Trump says nothing while his government takes concerted action against the Kremlin, he is also, in a sense, plausibly denying that he supports punishing Putin.

"The most important thing is to refrain from ill-considered and risky actions that would constitute a gross violation of the UN Charter and would have unpredictable consequences", the office of the president said in a statement after the call.

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Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was in contact with Washington but the atmosphere was alarming. "Yes", Haley said, speaking to reporters before a meeting of the Security Council.

Putin said today that Russian Federation is calling for an immediate UN Security Council meeting to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the U.S., Britain and France. "We thank them both", Trump added.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Hayley, told the network: "We definitely have enough proof, but now we just have to be thoughtful in our action".

Separately, Russia's Defense Ministry said the majority of missiles fired during the overnight attack on Syria by US, British and French forces were intercepted by Syrian government air defense systems, TASS news agency reported. The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

The Syrian foreign ministry accused the United States, which has supported some rebel groups in Syria's conflict, of using "fabrications and lies" as an excuse to hit its territory. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said. "The U.S. actions in Syria make the present destructive situation even worse", Nebenzia added.

During a phone call late on Thursday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump agreed on the need to deter chemical weapon use in Syria. The war and politics of Syria are broadly going its way.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action.

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.

"Smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not the legitimate government that has been fighting worldwide terrorism for several years on its territory", she said.

The United States didn't waste any time in disputing Russia's accusations.

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