UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for restraint and for countries to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation in Syria after the United States, France and Britain carried out the strikes.
SIMON: At the same time, there was a lot of concern obviously on behalf of the U.S., Britain and France that Russian Federation, that has military assets on the ground there in Syria, might make some kind of military response.
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But relations have instead soured over mounting evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Russia's alleged poisoning of a former double agent in Britain and Putin's support of Assad's government in Syria. They, in fact, have been touting the - that the Syrian government has basically successfully fended off many of these airstrikes using Soviet-era defense systems that were almost 30 years old. She also had choice words for Russian Federation. Moscow has denied involvement.
The inspectors aim to collect samples, interview witnesses and document evidence to determine whether banned toxic munitions were used, although they are not permitted to assign blame for the attack. He said the U.S. administration under Trump's command is conflicted and taking "bizarre" decisions without a strategic vision.
Russia's response Saturday underscored Putin's effort to use Syria to help portray himself as a guarantor of global stability despite the torrent of Western criticism.
Some national leaders appeared anxious to avert a showdown between the USA and Russian Federation.
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MAYNES: You know, well, he's called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council today to discuss the attack.
Although the western states were completely aware of these facts, after days of increasing threats by the USA over showing a response to the Syrian government, they had no option but to conduct a military move, at least symbolic, in order not to lose their worldwide credibility.
But while Russia slammed the missile attack rhetorically, it signaled that the strike had not crossed the threshold that would bring Russian retaliation.
As for the Russian response, it seems that Moscow has already shown a calculated reaction to the developments.
"We continue to observe risky military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council.
Over the past week, pro-Kremlin officials, independent analysts and the state-allied news media here all described the situation in Syria as a uniquely unsafe moment. The result, according to the worst-case predictions, could be a new world war. We're joined now by independent journalist Charles Maynes in Moscow.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the three countries fired over 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles, most of which were shot down by Syrian air defense.
"It is due to arrive in Damascus in the morning of April 14", the Russian foreign minister said.
Russia's Ministry of Defense spokesperson Maj.