France says its analysis points to Syria behind Douma gas attack

Haley says Russia chose'protecting a monster over Syrian people

Haley says Russia chose'protecting a monster over Syrian people

Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's U.N. ambassador said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation.

Speaking of Assad and his suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man".

The Syrian president was in a "good mood" and continuing his work in Damascus, agencies cited the lawmakers as saying, and praised the Soviet-era air defence systems used by Syria to help to repel the Western attacks.

"By continuing to employ chemical weapons against innocent Syrian civilians, the Assad regime has violated global law and abandoned its own commitments to the worldwide community", she told reporters. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.

Lavrov cited planned on-site investigations in Syria by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

"All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons".

"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged incident and the special services of one state at the forefront of the Russophobic campaign were at play", Lavrov claimed.

Russian Federation deployed its military forces in Syria, showing their allegiance to the Assad regime.

"Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path, or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace".

The Pentagon said it gave no explicit warning. Mattis and other government officials from the national security team warned Trump that such action would create conflict with Iran and Russia [VIDEO].

The U.N. chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday called by Russian Federation that the highly volatile situation risks "escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications".

"The mechanisms and the safeguards to manage the risks of escalation that existed in the past no longer seem to be present".

While the prospect of US -led military action that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East, the White House accused Syria of carrying out a toxic gas assault on April 7 that killed dozens of people in Douma, near Damascus.

As Haley began her remarks, she broke from the prepared text to say, "I started to listen to my Russian friend and respond, but instead I am in awe, Vassily, of how you say what you say with a straight face".

"We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages", the official added.

Fitch revised Russia's sovereign rating outlook to positive from stable in September and said the rating itself would be one notch higher than its current BBB- level if not the United States sanctions.

The strikes come after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last weekend.

Russian Federation has claimed that it has "irrefutable" data that an apparent chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma in eastern Ghouta was staged by special services of a foreign country. The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

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