Russian envoy warns of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

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The US, France, and Britain announced a joint operation against Syria's government, a week after a suspected chemical attack outside the capital Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

The action followed a week of threats of retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter.

Confirming her country's involvement in the air strike, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We would have preferred an alternative path".

"Again, we are being threatened".

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The Russian defence ministry said today that none of the Western strikes in Syria had hit areas covered by Russia's air defences around its air base and naval facility.

However, Russia's ambassador to the USA has warned that there would be grave consequences for the attacks.

While Trump said that the goal of the United States actions is to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons", Antonov reminded that "the USA - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries". Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad's government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

The Russian Defense Ministry noted that the Syrian Armed Forces had used Soviet air defense systems S-125, S-200, Buk, and Kvadrat to repel the missile attacks.

Moscow also said it was calling an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council, where it is a permanent member, to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the U.S. and its allies.


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