Russian Federation slams U.S. military strikes in Syria, warns of consequences

Russian Federation slams U.S. military strikes in Syria, warns of consequences

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses. Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad's government stopped its use of chemical weapons. Bush addressed sailors aboard a Navy ship in May 2003 alongside a "Mission Accomplished" banner, just weeks before it became apparent that Iraqis had organized an insurgency that tied down USA forces for years.

Russian Federation and Syria also clashed with the three Western allies over the legality of the airstrikes and responsibility for the Security Council's paralysis. The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia, left, Swedish Ambassador to the United Nations Olof Skoog, second from left, British Ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce, second from right, and American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vote on a resolution during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at United Nations headquarters.

The strikes "successfully hit every target", said Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman. Russian officials had suggested that there would be "consequences" at any rate.

Russian Federation had earlier warned that it would equip Syria with better anti-air missile defense systems to take down any missile attacks in the future.

Oil prices fell, however, as geopolitical tensions were somewhat eased by signs that there would be no significant retaliation in response to a US-led air strike on Syria over the weekend.

In an earlier statement following the strikes, Haley said the Donald Trump administration was ready to launch more missiles in case of any further chemical attacks in Syria. The US says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

Mattis told reporters that the USA and its allies had hit more targets this year than in April 2017, however, with twice as many munitions.

"By continuing to employ chemical weapons against innocent Syrian civilians, the Assad regime has violated global law and abandoned its own commitments to the worldwide community", she told reporters. In a U.S. military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, missiles took out almost 20 percent of the Syrian air force, the Pentagon said.

Syria's Russian-supplied air defences shot down an Israeli F-16 jet in February during a previous bombing run against what Israel described as Iranian-backed positions in Syria. In March Russia's General Staff said that rebels were planning a "provocation" in Eastern Ghouta with women and children set to play victims of a chemical attack.

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President Donald Trump was furious last month when the US announced it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, far less than its Europe allies, although he instructed his aides to "match their numbers" because he didn't want his administration to be perceived as taking the toughest stance on Moscow, the Washington Post reports.

Trump's decision to disclose his decision to strike as well as the kind of weaponry to be used in a future military operation is likely to frustrate military planners, who hold such information closely. "Putin is now saving Assad with the money of Russian retirees".

When pressed, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the US and its allies "continue to put worldwide politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington". "I suspect, however they'll think long and hard about it". It said another attack with "a number of missiles" targeting a scientific research center destroyed a building and caused other material damage but no human losses. "It does not exist anymore". Each Britain and France engaged in the strikes, which struck at Advancement Heart and the Barzah Investigation outside Damascus and two weapons storage centers.

Dvorkovich said the government was discussing measures with affected companies, the news agency reported. The mechanism would look at cases where the OPCW fact-finding mission has established chemical weapons were used or likely used.

But Russia's backing of Syrian President Bashar Assad and its contribution to massive civilian casualties in Syria, according to Western leaders, have taken a toll on the country's reputation. From a distance, USA missiles hitting suburbs of the capital sounded like thunder.

McKenzie said 105 U.S. and allied missiles were fired, of which 66 were Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from aboard three U.S. Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

Russia denounced allegations of a gas attack in Douma and said it was staged by Britain to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.

The inspectors were due to attempt to visit the Douma site.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron said the United Kingdom and France had joined in the attack.

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