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Russia Warns of "Consequences" as Putin Denounces Syria Strikes

Russia Warns of

France's defense minister said early Saturday that Russian Federation was warned ahead of the joint attacks on Syria, though Dunford said earlier in the evening that the only warning Russian Federation was given was "the normal deconfliction of the airspace - the procedures that are in place for all of our operations in Syria".

The suspected poison attack by Syrian government forces that allegedly killed more than 40 people has drawn worldwide outrage and prompted the USA and its allies to consider a military response.

The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation denied the allegations.

President Donald Trump ordered targeted military action in the country, following an alleged chemical weapons attack that reportedly left dozens of citizens dead.

In response to the US military action, Russia's ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said in a statement that Russian Federation had warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences".

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Mr Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria, saying it would increase flows of refugees into Europe.

Putin slams 'act of aggression' in Syria but avoids escalation
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged by humanitarian groups. He called on Moscow to change course and join the West in seeking a more responsible regime in Damascus .

"We put facts contrary to your myths", he said.

He noted that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' report didn't contain any mention of BZ, adding that Russian Federation will ask the chemical weapons watchdog for an explanation. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

He said the analysis was done at the request of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

"We expect the mission to go without any delay to Douma where Russian specialists who examined this place have not found any confirmations of the use of chemical weapons", he said. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

Saturdays calibrated response in Moscow to the US airstrike against a key Middle Eastern ally illustrated in stark terms the Kremlins balancing act as it pushes to expand its influence overseas but seeks to maintain control over how far tensions rise.

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.


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