Russian FM calls attacks on Syria unacceptable

Tensions reached a high point in 2014 when pro Russian forces in Ukraine were accused of downing a civilian airliner killing nearly 300 people aboard

US allies and Russia prepare for Syria confrontation

The recent attack on Douma came after months of warnings that the "de-escalation zone" status of Eastern Ghouta had become "a farce", as State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in February, when the US accused Russian Federation and Syria of carrying out attacks on civilians and targeting medical facilities.

"The missiles that targeted a military position in Homs were thwarted and diverted from their path, and injured three civilians", state news agency SANA said.

"All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons".

Trump on Wednesday had warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.

But Nebenzia said the goal was to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power.

"I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad", Trump said from the White House late on Friday.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says his government "understands" the military action of the three North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Syria because "the use of chemical weapons is a serious crime the worldwide community can not accept".

France's foreign minister says the "chemical escalation" in Syria is not acceptable because it's violating the rules of war and of humanity.

France's defense minister said early Saturday that Russian Federation was warned ahead of the joint attacks on Syria, though Dunford said earlier in the evening that the only warning Russian Federation was given was "the normal deconfliction of the airspace - the procedures that are in place for all of our operations in Syria".

He said "very soon France will launch new political initiatives".

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She told the council that President Donald Trump "has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria, but should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree".

It said the attack was a flagrant violation of global rules and regulations and ignores Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, however, indicated that evidence of what happened was still being studied.

President Donald Trump criticized Russian Federation in his address to the country following the launch of missiles on Friday night.

Syria had omitted to declare numerous activities of its Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), the report said. "No other group" could have carried out that attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal".

Hundreds of Syrians demonstrated in a landmark square of the Syrian Capital, waving victory signs and honking their vehicle horns in a show of defiance.

Trump has largely avoided criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, though he singled him out in a tweet over the weekend for supporting Assad. The Syrian government has denied the accusations.

The US Treasury on April 6 announced sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control, saying they were profiting from a Russian state engaged in "malign activities" around the world.

State TV broadcast live from the square where a large crowd of civilians mixed with men in uniforms, including an actor, lawmakers and other figures.

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