Late Friday night, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S., United Kingdom and France jointly launched strikes targeting the Assad regime's chemical weapons capabilities after a suspected chemical attack killed dozens outside of Damascus.
The suspected poison attack by the Syrian government forces that allegedly killed over 40 people, according to volunteer first responders and activists, has drawn global outrage and prompted the US and its allies to consider a military response.
Wednesday: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russian military inspectors found no evidence of a chemical attack. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".
The Kremlin on Saturday condemned Western air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing President Bashar al-Assad.
The medics said none of the patients were hurt by chemicals. "Russian Federation can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its cover-ups".
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Konashenkov said the Syrian rescue group known as the White Helmets were instructed by London in the days before the attack to plan a "provocation", Tass reported. He asked U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call an open meeting of the U.N. Security Council for Friday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also claimed that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were allegedly found there.
"Our military specialists have visited this place. and they did not find any trace of chlorine or any other chemical substance used against civilians", Lavrov said.
Three sites were hit in Syria overnight - two in Damascus and one in Homs - all of which were linked to the storage, or alleged testing of chemical weapons.
Lavrov noted that Russian and US militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it's not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.