Russian Federation condemns attack on Syria

A bus carries rebels and their families who left Douma at Wafideen camp in Damascus Syria

A bus carries rebels and their families who left Douma at Wafideen camp in Damascus Syria

But Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, warned of consequences after the strikes on its ally.

The UN Security Council was to meet again on Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff, as US President Donald Trump appeared to back away from imminent action, days after warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for missile strikes.

Moscow also said it was calling an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council, where it is a permanent member, to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the U.S. and its allies.

As worldwide chemical weapons experts travelled to Syria to investigate a suspected gas attack by government forces which killed dozens of people, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Russia's Vladimir Putin and expressed concern about a worsening situation.

After a crunch meeting with national security advisors on Thursday, the White House said he had not yet decided how to retaliate to last week's suspected chemical attack which the US, France and Britain blame on Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The strike is suspected to be a chemical attack, but the Syrian government denied the allegations saying it was fabricated by the rebels who were in a state of decline. The medics, however, said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning, according to the statements.

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.

There was no word from Putin himself, though Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was in contact with Washington to discuss an atmosphere which he described as alarming.

A fact-finding mission from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expected to head to Douma.

"This is grotesque, it is a blatant lie, it is the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian propaganda machine", Pierce told reporters.

"Our President has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria".

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

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has been urging caution in meetings, trying to avoid a strike that would trigger a broader conflict, two U.S. officials said.

USA allies have offered strong words of support for Washington but no clear military plans have yet emerged.

The Russian defence ministry said today that none of the Western strikes in Syria had hit areas covered by Russia's air defences around its air base and naval facility. A USA guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

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