Russian Federation warns of serious consequences from US Syria strike


A Pentagon spokesman says Russian forces in Syria were warned of the imminent missile strikes on the airfield so they could get out of harm's way.

A couple of days later missiles rained down in Syria.

Tehran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main regional ally.

Haley was harsher on CNN's "State of the Union".

It was Trump's most presidential moment so far; the first time he had marshalled the might of the U.S. government instead of looking like an insurgent trying to dismantle it from within.

Pentagon officials refused to offer any direct evidence Friday linking Russian Federation to the April 4 gas attack on town of Khan Sheikhoun, which was hit by bombs containing a chemical consistent with sarin, an extremely potent and deadly nerve-gas agent.

The United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from warships in the Mediterranean at the Shayrat airfield near Homs in central Syria.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the Americans had used a "far-fetched pretext" to justify the attack while the defence ministry in Moscow said it would be helping its Syrian ally strengthen its air defences. When host Tucker Carlson asked if she believed Assad's forces to be responsible for the chemical weapons attack that precipitated the missile strikes, Gabbard answered, "It doesn't matter what I believe or not". Advisers said he was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the chemical attack and ordered his national security team to swiftly prepare military options. When Obama intervened in Libya in 2011, he used a U.N. Security Council mandate and NATO's overall leadership of the mission to argue that he had legal authority - arguments many Republicans opposed.

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Even though the U.S. military used the line to warn Russian Federation of the impending missile strike on an Assad air base near Homs early Friday, a furious Moscow reacted to the attack by its ally by saying it would no longer cooperate with the Americans.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that the decision to strike was not triggered by an "emotional reaction", but made clear the decision was driven by Trump's refusal to "turn a blind eye" to the Syrian violence. He said years of previous attempts to change Assad's behavior had all failed, leading to continuation of the Syrian civil war and a subsequent refugee crisis that in destabilizing the region threatens the United States and its allies.

"It indicates their continued support for the (Bashar al-) Assad regime and, in particular, their continued support for a regime that carries out these type of horrendous attacks on their own people", he added.

"I find it very disappointing but - sadly, I have to tell you - not all that surprising".

The Kremlin also issued a statement Sunday on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's discussion of the situation in Syria by phone.

While threatening further strikes, Haley also said it was time to press on with diplomatic efforts to achieve a political solution to end the war. Feltman said Iran and Russian Federation condemned the U.S. attack, with the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand expressing some support for the USA strikes.

But Russia accused Britain of "colonial hypocrisy" and "lies" as it warned against military involvement in Syria.

It immediately suspended a deal with the United States aimed at avoiding clashes in Syrian airspace, though the foreign ministry did not scrap Tillerson's visit.

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A statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry read: "The very presence of U.S. troops and other countries on the territory of Syria, without the consent of the Government or the decision of the UN Security Council is a gross, obvious and unwarranted violation of worldwide law".

The US is "disappointed but not surprised" at Russia's response to its strikes on a Syrian air base suspected of storing chemical weapons. "Then he saw a picture on TV", she said, referring to photographs of the 27 children said to have been killed in the chemical attack.

Russia's military said the strike had an "extremely low" military impact, with fewer than half the missiles reaching the base.

It destroyed six planes under fix and several buildings, including a storage depot and radio station, it said.

Xi was informed of that strikes at the conclusion of his meal with Trump, the White House said Friday.

Syrian army forces had been losing ground across the country until Russian Federation intervened militarily in September 2015, propping up Assad and protecting its own interests in the region.

In the blighted town itself, residents mourning their dead welcomed the U.S. strike as a way to pressure Damascus. "Either it takes responsibility for ensuring the removal of these weapons, as Russian Federation committed it would do, or it admits that it lacks the ability to control [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad".

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