Russian ambassador to U.S. threatens with consequences for strikes on Syria

Russian ambassador to U.S. threatens with consequences for strikes on Syria

Britain's UN Ambassador Karen Pierce blamed Russian Federation for repeatedly vetoing resolutions on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said the United Kingdom took military action "to save lives, " on the legal basis of "humanitarian intervention".

One senior official said Trump has asked his military to consider options that would include punishing Russian Federation and Iran - Syria's other main foreign backer - in part over his growing level of exasperation with Putin.

Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, warned that United States missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat, the report said.

When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces launched a chemical weapons attack against civilian targets previous year, Trump was horrified by the deaths of "beautiful little babies" and quickly ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield, although he listened to top military advisers and chose to minimize Russian and other casualties.

The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marks a major victory for Assad.

"But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree", Haley told the U.N. Security Council.

It was unclear what the approach might mean for Russian and Iranian forces in Syria.

U.S., French and British air forces conducted a massive missile strike on military and civilian infrastructure in Syria from 3:42 to 5:10 Moscow time (0042-0210 GMT), the statement added.

The U.S., France and Britain launched dozens of airstrikes early Saturday at sites they said were linked to a chemical weapons program.

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Since taking office past year, Trump has tried to build stronger ties with Putin. Assad and his close ally, Russia, have denied government forces ever used such weapons.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", President Trump said in announcing the strikes from the White House. The planes fired Storm Shadow missiles at a facility where the United Kingdom said the Assad "regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled". "On the one hand, not hitting Assad harder would be a sign of weakness".

He added in a statement, "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

The Syria crisis has come as a test for not only Trump, but incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton, a hawk who joined Trump's team this week.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was "not about intervening in a civil war".

Russian Federation is likely to call for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss US, British and French air strikes on Syria, one of its lawmakers says.

A source familiar with the discussions about Syria said that despite his hawkish views on Russia, Bolton has not used his first days in office to push hard for a more extensive air campaign against targets in Syria.

She called the action a "limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region" that will "send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity".

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