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Putin slams 'act of aggression' in Syria but avoids escalation

Putin slams 'act of aggression' in Syria but avoids escalation

He said BZ was part of chemical arsenals of the U.S., Britain and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, while the Soviet Union and Russian Federation never developed the agent.

Speaking about the Skripal poisoning and looming decision over air strikes against the Syrian government, he accused humanitarian groups of staging the chemical attack and blasted the United Kingdom for a lack of "transparency" during the Salisbury investigation.

"Good souls will not be humiliated", the Syrian presidency tweeted after the airstrikes began.

But the Violations Documentation Center (VDC), which records alleged violations of global law in Syria, said bodies were found with oral foaming, cyanosis, and corneal burns.

Russian Federation proposed a draft United Nations Security Council resolution on Saturday, seen by Reuters, that would condemn "the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic by the US and its allies in violation of worldwide law and the U.N. Charter".

Looking ahead, Delattre said France, Britain, and the United States will soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues. "Could not have had a better result".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged by humanitarian groups.

The Syrian Government and its ally Russian Federation have denied involvement in any such attack.

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"They're cowardly political thugs", Klimov said of the U.S. administration. During his meeting with Trump and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford, Mattis pushed for more evidence of the Assad regime's culpability for the attack, to bolster the case for air strikes, The New York Times reported.In France, Macron claimed in a TV interview he had "proof" that Assad's regime had used chemical weapons and vowed a response "in due course".

Analyst Alexey Malashenko, a specialist in the Syria conflict, told AFP that military retaliation would be highly risky for Russian Federation and Moscow appeared to be choosing a war of words instead.

Antov added that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

He called on Moscow to change course and join the West in seeking a more responsible regime in Damascus.

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.

Putin condemned Saturday's strikes as an "act of aggression" that will worsen the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and have a "destructive influence on the entire system of global relations".

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier on Sunday that Washington was preparing new sanctions against Russian Federation over its support for Syrian President Bashar-al Assad.

He later told reporters at the White House: "We're having a meeting today on Syria".