Russian Federation says West only interested in overthrowing Syria President Bashar al Assad

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Russia, which has military forces deployed in Syria in support of the government, warned that USA air strikes risked starting a war. Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said after the vote.

He accused Washington of putting worldwide peace at risk and said the situation was "very dangerous".

Russian Federation has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has helped turn the tide of war in his favour since entering the conflict in September 2015. "Our intelligence tells us otherwise".

During a week of tense sabre-rattling, Russian officials periodically warned the United States that a military response may spiral out of control to war.

Russian Federation is expected to call an emergency session of UN Security Council to discuss the strikes on Syria at 11A.M. EST.

While insisting that the military action was a direct effect of the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, May also alluded to the use of a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

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Russia's theories about last Saturday's suspected chemical attack are reminiscent of previous contradictions. 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 worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response. Russian Federation and its ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use exists in Douma.

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Security Council was to meet again Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff, as U.S. Trump had also said last week that Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in Douma.

The Violations Documentation Centre, which records alleged violations of global law in Syria, said bodies were found with foam at the mouth, discoloured skin and burns to the eyes.

On Thursday, US officials said that samples from victims had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent. But he also appeared anxious to avoid a wider conflict, saying France would "in no way allow an escalation."German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference on Friday that Damascus had a record of using chemical weapons and that there were "strong indications pointing towards the Syrian regime" in this case". Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that a new round of sanctions will target Russian companies that aid Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

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. "It will just take more lives and spawn the war elsewhere". The United States, France and Britain fired 105 missiles overnight in retaliation, targeting Syria's chemical weapons program. The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe".

U.S. intelligence shows a Russian claim that the attack was faked was false, Sanders said. But the next morning, Trump tweeted that he "never said when an attack on Syria would take place". It "could be very soon or not so soon at all". "I can't go beyond that", Sanders told reporters.

He noted that OPCW's report didn't contain any mention of BZ, adding that Russian Federation will ask the chemical weapons watchdog for an explanation.

In a televised address announcing the action, Trump said he had chose to take action because last weekend's action by Assad "was a significant attack against his own people", and "not the actions of a man, they are crimes of a monster instead".

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

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