Russian Federation proposes United Nations resolution to condemn US-led Syria strikes

Russian Federation proposes United Nations resolution to condemn US-led Syria strikes

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who briefed the council before the vote, stressed again "the need to avoid the situation from spiraling out of control" and for a political solution.

"This is grotesque", Pierce said of the Russian statement as she left an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by Russia on US threatened military action in response to the alleged attack.

In a televised statement Saturday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said UK forces had undertaken a "limited and targeted strike" and that there had been "no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime". As a result, Washington, and its allies - France and the United Kingdom - fired missiles on the Syrian facilities, which they claimed were linked with chemical weapons production. The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

Western officials believe chlorine was used in Saturday's attack on Douma, the main city in the longtime rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, where the British government now estimates 75 people were killed.

"A perfectly executed strike last night".

While the prospect of US-led military action that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East, the White House on Friday accused Syria of carrying out a toxic gas assault on April 7 that killed dozens of people in Douma, near Damascus. Moscow kept up its resistance on Friday.

Russian Federation has "indisputable" data that the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma was staged by "foreign agents", Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged event, and that the secret services of a certain state that is now at the forefront of a Russophobic campaign was involved in this staged event", he said during a press conference.

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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.

Diplomats have expressed concern that the experts could be used as hostages or human shields.

On Wednesday, the US President said the missiles were "coming", but on Thursday he tweeted that he had "never said when".

China said it was "opposed to the use of force" following US-led airstrikes against Syria and called for a "return to the framework of global law". "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war".

Russian Federation has warned the U.S. against launching air strikes in response to a suspected attack in Syria, saying it could spark a war between the two countries.

US officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table".

The capture of Douma has clinched a major victory for Mr Assad, crushing what was once a centre of the insurgency near Damascus, and underlines his unassailable position in the war, which entered its eighth year last month. A top leader of Jaish al-Islam, a group which controlled Douma for years, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) it was Saturday's attack that forced them to accept a Russian-brokered deal and evacuate. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries". US lawmakers questioned whether Trump has the legal authority to order strikes without Congressional approval and opposition parties voiced concern.

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