Russian Federation proposes United Nations resolution to condemn US-led Syria strikes

A man walks with his bicycle at a damaged site in the besieged town of Douma Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Syria

A man walks with his bicycle at a damaged site in the besieged town of Douma Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Syria

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.

The Foreign Ministry also claimed that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were allegedly found there. "Russia was supposed to guarantee Assad would not use chemical weapons, and Russian Federation did the opposite". Striking a conciliatory note, it said: "The President of the Republic called for dialogue with Russian Federation to be maintained and stepped up to bring peace and stability back to Syria".

Russia's foreign minister has said a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was staged with the help of a foreign intelligence agency. "These should be contacts between the diplomats, which imply that we do not include ultimatums and threats", Lavrov said.

US President Donald Trump emerged from a meeting with his national security team on Thursday without a "final decision" on how to respond to the suspected chemical attack.

France said Thursday it has proof that Syrian government forces, which Russian Federation has pledged to protect, conducted the attack.

The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and risky actions ... that would have consequences beyond conjecture".

Russian Federation responded angrily to a US -led strike against Syria on Friday, warning of unspecified "consequences" that stoked fears the conflict could escalate.

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. In his speech announcing military action in Syria, Trump pointedly asked: "What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?"

"I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Mr Lavrov said.

He noted that the Russian and USA militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it's not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.

The accusation has been strongly denied by the Bashar al-Assad government in Damascus.

"The mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has set off to Syria not so quickly and without abundant enthusiasm but under our and Syrian pressure".

"The sole thing that they have an interest in is to oust the Syrian government and to deter, contain the Russian Federation", he added.

The Russian military said its chemical experts visited Douma shortly after the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical agents in ground samples.

The capture of Douma from rebels who evacuated this week has clinched a major victory for Assad, crushing what was once a center of the insurgency near Damascus, and underlines his seemingly unassailable position in the war.

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