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Syrian chemical attack was staged - Russian Federation

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Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2018, 11:53

Russian Federation has condemned US, UK and French strikes against targets in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons, as the Western allies argued they were essential to deter the future use of illegal munitions.

The White House said it is continuing to assess intelligence and talk to its allies about how to respond to the matter.

Ambassador Antonov said: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

Addressing told the council, Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program.

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".

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", she said. Trump, ignoring Mattis' warning, pushed U.S. military leaders to develop a plan to attack the Syrian Government.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the military action was believed to have been successful.

It is noted that according to the officials of the security sector, the British government communications Centre (GCHQ, the intelligence Agency responsible for protecting the public value and electronic intelligence - ed.) will "continue to expose the unacceptable behaviour of Russian Federation in cyberspace".

"It is necessary to consider not only deliveries of missile defense systems, but also deliveries accompanied by those people who can train the personnel of these countries, so that Syria, Iran and North Korea could deploy these systems, if they wanted", Sherin said.

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Meanwhile, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says experts are travelling to Syria and will start investigations on Saturday. The US president claimed that the joint action was meant to establish a "strong deterrent" against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.

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

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a U.S. strike could lead to a conflict with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted.

Noting that Trump extended "an olive branch" to both Russian Federation and Iran in his speech, Taleblu added that "the question for the U.S. and the coalition is how long are they prepared to sustain this", he asked. The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad.

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

Across Western capitals opposition to military action also grew.

White Helmets first-responder volunteer and activists claimed an alleged chemical attack on April 7 by the Syrian government killed over 40 people in the town of Douma, the allegations that drew global outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

An Israeli official told CNN that the strikes enforced the red line drawn by President Trump a year ago.

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