Russia's UN Draft Resolution To Condemn Missile Strikes In Syria Fails

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In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia supported the strikes, which sent "an unequivocal message to the Assad regime and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated".

"They're cowardly political thugs", Klimov said of the USA administration.

Russian Federation has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has helped turn the tide of war in his favor since entering the conflict in September 2015.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also claimed that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were allegedly found there.

The Violations Documentation Center (VDC), which records alleged violations of worldwide law in Syria, said bodies were found foaming at the mouth, and with discoloured skin and burns to the eyes.

US Ambassdor to the UN Nikki Haley said on Friday that the US had enough "proof" to act on Syria, but that the president was taking measures to avoid unwanted repercussions.

The strikes have come after a week-long worldwide push to punish the Assad regime after images and videos emerged on April 7 suggesting civilians - including children - had suffered a chemical attack in Douma.

According to Antonov, all responsibility for this lies on Washington, London and Paris.

As fears of a Russia confrontation with Western powers mount, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

They agreed to "keep working closely" on the issue, Mrs May's office said in a statement.

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There were no immediate plans for more attacks, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said.

When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces launched a chemical weapons attack against civilian targets previous year, Trump was horrified by the deaths of "beautiful little babies" and quickly ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield, although he listened to top military advisers and chose to minimize Russian and other casualties.

Mr Trump, who has cancelled a planned trip overseas, has been canvassing support for strikes from the leaders of France and the UK.

"Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime", Mattis said. It "could be very soon or not so soon at all", he said.

"I hope hot heads will cool down and that will be it", he told reporters. "We are still far from that", Kortunov told ABC News. "So they'll be made fairly soon".

"I think we actually have to penalise Russian Federation and Iran for their support of Syria".

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov upped the diplomatic ante earlier in the day Friday when he called the allegations of a Syrian chemical attack a "fabrication" by British intelligence.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia insisted that there was "no credible confirmation of toxic substance use in Douma", adding that "we have information to believe that what took place is a provocation with the participation of certain countries' intelligence services".

Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, have warned that United States missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat.

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