Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pro-Assad official: Targeted bases were evacuated on Russian warning

Pro-Assad official: Targeted bases were evacuated on Russian warning

The United States and Britain have also blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

Washington is still willing to cooperate with Moscow on the Syrian issue despite the heightened tensions following the U.S. -led airstrike on Syria, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman said in a statement Saturday.

"All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons". Macron spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, hours before the Western missile strikes. "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.

Russia's foreign ministry said Syria had been attacked just as it had a chance for peace.

Overnight, US, British and French forces launched more than 100 missiles from ships and manned aircraft, targeting three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities.

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

In an interview published Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reached out to Russian Federation, saying "we should join our efforts to promote a political process in Syria that would allow a way out of the crisis". "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war". "We hope there will be no point of no return". And the three allies are considering a joint military strike in retaliation.

Putin also said Russian military experts did not find any traces of chlorine gas or other poisonous substances in Douma.

Tayyip Erdogan, president of Syria's neighbour Turkey which is also in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, said on Friday he had spoken by phone with Trump and Putin and told both that increasing tension in the region was not right. He asked U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call an open meeting of the U.N. Security Council for Friday.

Trump himself appeared on Thursday to cast doubt on at least the timing of any USA -led military action, tweeting: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" he had tweeted. A week later, the government regained full control of the town following a surrender deal with the rebels there, and on Sunday it deployed another 5,000 security forces in Douma.

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