Russian Federation 'severely condemns' joint strikes on Syria

British ministers back action to deter Syrian chemical weapon use

British ministers back action to deter Syrian chemical weapon use

The genuine aim behind the US-led attack on Syria was to "allow terrorists to rest, restore their forces and extend bloodshed", the ministry said, referring to the fact that the strike was carried out "at the time when Syrian troops were further taking a successful offensive against Daesh*, al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups".

USA statements that Damascus has denied entry to Eastern Ghouta for experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are far from reality, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday at an annual Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. The Swiss center sent the results to the OPCW.

Moscow, he said, has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".

The current escalation of the situation in Syria "has a destructive effect on the whole system of worldwide relations", the Kremlin said. If the OPCW knows, then the Americans know this too, the minister added. "The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked", Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook.

She blamed "all those who claim moral leadership in this world, who declare their exceptionalism" for the attack, noting that "you should be really exceptional" to attack Syria at a time 'when it was given a chance for a peaceful future'.

Zakharova also accused the USA and other mainstream media of inciting the attack, noting that the White House's decision to launch a strike was based on media reports, photo and video shared on the Internet and spread online.

Ms Zakharova also claims Western media is partly responsible for the attacks.

The suspected poison gas attack in Douma, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn worldwide outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria, something Moscow has strongly warned against.

Anatoly Antonov, the Russian Ambassador to the U.S., says the military action threatens Russia - and there will be consequences. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

The chairman of the worldwide affairs committee of Russia's Upper House of Parliament, Mr Konstantin Kosachev, described the air strikes as a groundless attack on a sovereign government, Interfax said.

Damascus has invited a team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to visit Eastern Ghouta.

"We are interested in meeting experts there to carry out necessary tests".

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