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

Russian Federation asks United States to solve problems at 'negotiating table'

Russian Federation asks United States to solve problems at 'negotiating table'

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", he added.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was in contact with Washington but the atmosphere was alarming.

Following up on President Donald Trump's threat, the U.S. - along with allies Britain and France - rained cruise missiles at three locations in Syria on Saturday, the biggest strike by the West in the seven years of the war in Syria.

Lavrov said Russian Federation expects the OPCW team to quickly visit the site.

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience", he told a news conference yesterday.

The Trump administration did not lay the blame only at the feet of Syria's leader.

British Prime Minister Theresa May describes the attack as neither "about intervening in a civil war" nor "about regime change" but a limited and targeted strike that "does not further escalate tensions in the region" and does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties. It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials having taken place of the victims.

"We continue to observe unsafe military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council.

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According to the Russian Defense Ministry, "Over 100 cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles were fired by air and sea carriers" by the U.S., France and U.K. Both the Russian and Syrian governments said a significant number of missiles were shot down, though neither have offered proof of that.

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".

Syria and its ally Russia have denied such an attack took place, and Moscow has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

The Kremlin said Mr Putin yesterday warned his French counterpart during a telephone call against any "dangerous actions" in Syria.

Dunford said that manned US aircraft were used in the military operation and that the strike was planned to minimize the risk of casualties among Russia's military forces in Syria. During one speech, he said, "We must as a nation be more unpredictable. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump's threats to attack are "reckless" and endanger worldwide peace and security.

The OPCW said the investigators would start work on Saturday (local time).

A day before a team from the global chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. "No other group" could have carried out that attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal". A USA -led coalition has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 2014 as part of a largely successful effort to break the IS grip on both Syria and Iraq.

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