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Alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK, Russia says

Alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK, Russia says

Russian Federation has warned the USA 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 worldwide peace at risk.

"We are open for those contacts, they help to understand each other better", Lavrov said.

The Russian military said its chemical experts visited Douma shortly after the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical agents in ground samples.

Trump said the goal of the campaign was to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons".

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

Trump said the strikes were meant to deter the use of chemical weapons like the attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma last week, and that the US was prepared to continue the attacks until the Syrian regime stops using chemical weapons.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a Pentagon briefing that the first allied strike targeted a scientific research center in greater Damascus involved in the development and production of chemical weapons.

Three sites were hit in Syria overnight - two in Damascus and one in Homs - all of which were linked to the storage, or alleged testing of chemical weapons.

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"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria".

"With our allies, we ensured that the Russians were warned ahead of time", said French Defense Minister Florence Parly.

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, an independent body established by the UN Human Rights Council, says it has confirmed at least 34 chemical attacks since 2013.

British Prime Minister Theresa May won backing from her senior ministers on Thursday to take unspecified action with the United States and France to deter further use of chemical weapons by Syria.

Russia's Ministry of Defense said it believed the action by the US, UK and France was not in retaliation to the alleged chemical attack in Douma but instead was a reaction to the "success" of the Syrian army in liberating its territory from rebels. "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she said.

"All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons".

"We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages", the official added. President Bashar al-Assad's government called the chemical attack reports "fabricated". "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.