Syria, Russia and Iran condemn tripartite attack on Damascus

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"Russia severely condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military are helping the lawful government in the fight with terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement, its first reaction to the strikes. "We warned that such actions will not remain without consequences", the report said. "All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris".

The Russian defence ministry said today that none of the Western strikes in Syria had hit areas covered by Russia's air defences around its air base and naval facility.

The Syrian government and its allies have absorbed a US-led attack on Saturday and the targeted sites were evacuated days ago thanks to a warning from Russian Federation, a senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus said. "You need to be really exceptional to shell Syria's capital at the moment when it had gained a chance of a peaceful future".

Russia's ambassador to the United States warned that there would be consequences for the attacks early on Saturday, which came in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last weekend.

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The joint operation came one week after a suspected chemical attack outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

The combined decision by the U.S. and its allies to strike Syria comes after Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov presented evidence claiming that last Saturday's alleged chemical attack in Douma was orchestrated.

The Russian Defense Ministry noted that the Syrian Armed Forces had used Soviet air defense systems S-125, S-200, Buk, and Kvadrat to repel the missile attacks.

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