Australia joins United States and UK in blaming Russian Federation for cyber-attacks

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Meanwhile, media reports noted that the United Kingdom government has confirmed a "20-fold" increase in disinformation being spread by Kremlin-linked social media "bot" accounts since the United Kingdom, US and France attacked Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure on Saturday.

The UK ambassador to the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), Peter Wilson, quoted the organisation's director-general as saying they were still waiting.

The Pentagon reports that all objectives were accomplished in the attack, all designated targets were hit, and none of the aircraft or missiles involved in the strike were successfully engaged by Syrian or Russian air defenses.

The U.S. envoy to the OPCW, Ken Ward, said Monday it was his understanding Russian Federation had already visited the site and he raised concerns of tampering before the OPCW carries out its fact-finding mission.

"The secretary-general wants to see the fact-finding mission have access to all the sites it needs to have access to, so that we can have the most thorough and full picture of the facts", Dujarric said.

This is just the latest in a serious of escalating confrontations between Western Allies and Russian Federation, with both US President Trump and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently stating that relations between the superpowers are worse than during the height of the Cold War.

However, Syria echoed Russia's claims, at least according to Russian Federation, saying that they were able to successfully repel the attack, despite the photographic evidence to the contrary.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said ahead of a ministerial meeting there is a clear need to push for re-launching a United Nations -led peace process for Syria.

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"I call on the authorities for a swift and thorough investigation", he said on Twitter Monday.

Russian Federation said there would be consequences for the strike but did not offer any more detail.

Mr Lavrov also questioned why the US, UK and France had carried out their retaliatory air strikes before OPCW inspectors were able to visit the site.

Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013 and submit to OPCW inspections to avert USA retaliation after a suspected nerve gas attack in Douma killed hundreds of people.

Russian Federation had threatened to shoot down any missiles launched by the U.S. and its allies into Syria, after U.S. President Donald Trump had taunted Russian Federation earlier in the week on Twitter that it should "get ready" for missiles to begin firing.

Members of the 41-seat executive council of the OPCW were due to discuss the alleged use of prohibited toxins in Syria, but were not expected to reach any agreement about a response.

The suspected attack, denied by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, reportedly killed dozens of people in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region.

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