Putin condemns US-led strikes on Syria as an "act of aggression"

Putin condemns US-led strikes on Syria as an

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Moscow's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia on Thursday.

Such a move would be "very, very dangerous" he said.

Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Russian Federation, a Syrian ally, opposes such action. "Russian Federation will demand a meeting of the UN Security Council, I think, for sure", Dzhabarov, who is the deputy head of Russia's foreign affairs committee, was quoted by RIA as saying.

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria along the lines of the Libyan and Iraqi experience", Lavrov told a news conference, referring to past Western military interventions elsewhere in the region.

Last April, when United States warships in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, Russian forces were warned in advance and pulled out of the target area, which was rapidly repaired.

Mr Nebenzia also called for the UN Security Council to meet again on Friday to discuss the possibility of Western military action.

As the rhetoric sharpened around the accusations, there were few of those who could or would hear the words of experts, who said that detailed test should be done before making any accusations, and who argued that it cannot be concluded whether chemical weapons were really used in Douma based on photographs and videos.

Amid the talk of military action, the Kremlin, a close ally of Assad, countered that more "serious approaches" were needed to combat the crisis.

With tensions growing, however, European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria over the next 72 hours.

After Trump's tweet, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said pro-government forces were emptying main airports and military air bases.

Is there proof of the recent "chemical attack"? Syria's foreign ministry also condemned the airstrikes today, calling them a flagrant violation of the worldwide law.

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Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May held a special cabinet meeting to consider whether Britain should join the U.S. and France in possible military action.

The strikes were a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma last weekend which killed dozens of civilians.

A White House briefing on a call between Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May said that they "continued their discussion of the need for a joint response to Syria's use of chemical weapons". The Syrian government and Russian Federation have denied a chemical attack occurred.

They agreed to "keep working closely" on the issue, Mrs May's office said in a statement.

"This is how you want worldwide affairs to be conducted now?" said Nebenzia, according to a translation of his comments in Russian.

Russian Federation supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has military personnel in Syria, creating a risk of armed confrontation between Washington and Moscow surrounding the country's long running civil war. But on Thursday, Trump tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place". "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

He later told reporters at the White House: "We're having a meeting today on Syria".

The Russian and United States armies exchange information on Syria under agreements aimed at avoiding collisions between their planes or the accidental deaths of soldiers in strikes. They're trying to make whatever they want so they can probably make it longer or at least shift the balance in favor of the terrorist groups. "However, we used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year", said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Russian Federation has described the reports of a chemical attack as a "provocation" created to justify Western intervention.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

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