Russian Federation says West only interested in overthrowing Assad

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The strikes were a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma last weekend which killed dozens of civilians.

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.

"Not a single one of the cruise missiles entered the zone of Russian air defense systems", the Defense Ministry said.

Meanwhile, Russia's Embassy to the United Kingdom tweeted a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, that denied there was any evidence of a chemical attack.

London put "powerful pressure" on the civil defence organisation, Konashenkov said.

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.

Thursday: Russia's Embassy to Britain tweeted that the chemical attack was "fake" and an attempt to stage a provocation by Syrian extremists and their foreign backers.

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"In the past year and a half Russian Federation has fully restored Syria's air defence system and continues to further upgrade it", Rudskoi said.

US President Donald Trump is still reviewing military options available in Syria as diplomatic tensions continue to rumble between Russian Federation and the West.

Russian officials denied any involvement during the most violent days of the fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine in 2014, while journalists and Western intelligence agencies reported tanks pouring across the Russian border into the Ukraine.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Moscow's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Thursday.

Buses carrying Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from their former rebel bastion of Douma, arrive at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint controlled by Turkish-backed rebel fighters near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, on April 12, 2018.

Meanwhile, on Friday Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said his group, Syria, Iran and Russian Federation are not scared by Trump's threats.

Russia, a nuclear power, has a military presence in Syria and is working with Assad's government warned the US government that airstrikes against Syria could start a war.

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Haley made clear the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying USA involvement there "is not done". McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said, "I think the words crippled and degraded are good words".

In April past year Trump ordered Tomahawk strikes on the Shayrat Airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhun.

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"I expect, at this late stage, that Russian Federation would nevertheless return and could still support us solve this crisis", Pierce, at her very first interview together with American tv because the ambassador, informed Eric Shawn during a interview that aired Sunday on Foxnews.

"Russia has never supplied any dual-use technologies, these U.S. statements are another fake and deception", Serebrennikov said. The US and its allies, Nebenzia alleged, are setting the stage to "unleash a military scenario against Syria".

Trump was also expected to speak with French President Emmanuel Macron, who said France had proof the Syrian regime carried out the Douma attack, and would decide whether to strike back when all necessary information had been gathered.

The United Nations Security Council has rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the United States and its allies against Syria.

Erdogan also said the current situation showed tensions had eased, but that he would continue his talks with his United States and Russian counterparts.

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