Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Russian Federation likely to call United Nations meeting over Syria attack, says lawmaker

Russian Federation likely to call United Nations meeting over Syria attack, says lawmaker

"Russia was supposed to guarantee Assad would not use chemical weapons, and Russian Federation did the opposite".

Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, dismissed Konashenkov's claim as "a blatant lie".

Although Mattis noted that military action carried risks, he also emphasized that Syrian use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated.

The strikes were a response to an alleged chemical weapons attack carried out by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime on April 7. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.

The investigators, who are only mandated to determine if chemical weapons were used and not who used them, were expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based organization said. The statement said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning.

Russian Federation said on Saturday it would consider supplying S-300 surface to-air missile systems to Syria following the Western strikes, but this was not discussed at the meeting with Assad, agencies reported.

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"Yesterday we saw American aggression".

Weeks before the attack, Russian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov and U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia pushed an extravagant theory that there would be a "false flag" attack, a "pretext" "eagerly provided by the White Helmets' provocateurs". He didn't elaborate or name the state.

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.

The Syrian government denies responsibility. He added in a statement, "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

Wednesday: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russian military inspectors found no evidence of a chemical attack.

Tuesday: Nebenzia told the U.N. Security Council that images and videos of children foaming at the mouth and dying were fake.

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President Donald Trump on Thursday put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen "very soon or not so soon at all". The Cabinet agreed on the need to "take action" to deter further chemical weapons use by Assad, but added that May would continue to consult with allies to coordinate an worldwide response.

"On a strategic level, it's how do we keep this from escalating out of control, if you get my drift on that", he said.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, on Friday accused Russian Federation of lies and covering up for Assad, which she said had used chemical weapons at least 50 times in the past seven years of warfare.

Turkey's foreign ministry said the airstrikes were "an appropriate response to the chemical attack".

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria.

"I'm not ready to speculate that that would happen", Mattis said.

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The U.S., United Kingdom and France are all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.

At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the US and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

Chemical weapons experts for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the suspected poison gas attack. He said the president has not yet decided whether military force would be part of a US response in Syria. It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials of victims.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.

The capture of Douma from rebels who evacuated this week has clinched a major victory for Assad, crushing what was once a center of the insurgency near Damascus, and underlines his seemingly unassailable position in the war.

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