Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication' by foreign power

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

Russian Federation has warned the U.S. that launching airstrikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries and accused Washington of putting global peace at risk.

Western officials believe chlorine was used in Saturday's attack on Douma, the main city in the longtime rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, where the British government now estimates 75 people were killed.

Looking back, it's not clear how effective last year's strikes were.

Bolton and the other participants were surprised when Vice President Mike Pence showed up unannounced and took over a Principals' Committee meeting on Syria on Monday afternoon.

"We have absorbed the strike", the official told Reuters. "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons".

Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, hours before the Western missile strikes.

On Thursday, Russia's military said Douma has been brought under full control of the Syrian government under a Russia-mediated deal that secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences". French President Emmanuel Macron was expected to strike a similar tone in a televised interview later Sunday.

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.

A Downing Street spokesperson added: "They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

The world must provide a "robust, united and steadfast response", Delattre said.

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The U.S., United Kingdom and France are all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

"We warned about this long ago", he said.

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

Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement, told Lebanese daily al-Joumhouria: "The conditions do not point to a total war happening. unless Trump and (Israeli leader Benjamin) Netanyahu completely lose their minds".

Meanwhile, Western allies of the US came out in support of the strikes.

Some other of Trump's European allies are anxious to avert a U.S.

However, said two other officials, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other military leaders have warned that the larger the attack, the greater the risk of a confrontation with Russian Federation.

Trump had also said last week that Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in Douma because of his support for the Syrian government.

"And what's most important is no one contests that the use of chemical weapons can not be tolerated and must be deterred, " he said.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said President Donald Trump "has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria". It "could be very soon or not so soon at all".

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