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Russian Federation fails in United Nations bid to condemn strikes

AFPSergei Lavrov says Russia has proof that actors staged the alleged chemical attack in Syria AFPSergei Lavrov says Russia has proof that actors staged the alleged chemical attack in Syria
Johnnie Parks | 16 April, 2018, 09:23

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the use of chemical weapons in Syria threatens world peace and that Russian Federation is responsible.

What is less clear is whether sarin - the agent used in the chemical attack last April that prompted USA missile strikes - or a similar agent was also used.

"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria".

He announced that Russian experts had examined the site of the alleged attack in the city, and found no trace of chemical weapons. "The attack is the blatant violation of global laws, as well as ignoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said according to Iranian state media.

She said "the United States estimates that (President Bashar) Assad has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times".

Mr Putin and Mr Macron instructed their foreign and defence ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said.

According to a statement by the French presidency, Macron called for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

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"We have absorbed the strike", the official told Reuters. "We can not take such risks", he said at a forum.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the USA and its allies "continue to put global politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington".

"We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages", the official added.

Haley also said that Russian Federation used its veto power to protect the Assad regime and prevented the punishment of those who use chemical weapons in Syria. "It would provoke a retaliation operation by government forces and the White Helmets were to use it to stage a provocation with an alleged use of chemical weapons", he said. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war". France, the United Kingdom and the United States will brief allies on actions taken in Syria, the official said.

According to the foreign minister, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) experts left to Syria "not very quickly, without excessive enthusiasm" and only under pressure from Russian Federation and Syria.

Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Syria's ally Russian Federation opposes such action, the BBC reported on Friday.

No military measures were immediately announced, but in a clear warning to the US and its allies, Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff said Moscow could boost Syria's Soviet-era air defense assets with batteries of state-of-the-art S-300 missiles.

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