Russia Never Supplied Dual-Use Technologies to Syria - Senior Lawmaker

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Following up on President Donald Trump's threat, the USA - along with allies Britain and France - rained cruise missiles at three locations in Syria on Saturday, the biggest strike by the West in the seven years of the war in Syria.

Western powers continued to weigh their options on Friday over possible strikes against Syria's regime as pressure built to avoid an escalation following a warning from Russian Federation that military action could lead to "war".

The US, UK and France said they launched air strikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad's government.

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

A draft resolution to condemn Friday's joint missile strikes on targets in Syria didn't come close to passing in the U.N. Security Council.

He also stressed the importance of opposing the use of conventional weapons in addition to chemical weapons.

The Elysee palace said in a statement that Macron had also expressed regret about Russia's use of its Security Council veto on the attack.

Just minutes into the bombardment, the strike appeared to be much more severe than the response to a similar chemical attack by Syria in April 2017. "Russian specialists who examined this place have not found any confirmation of the use of chemical weapons..."

Konashenkov said Friday that Britain was "directly involved in the provocation", but didn't elaborate or provide evidence.

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.

"We can not depend on the mood of someone on the other side of the ocean when he wakes up, on what a specific person takes into his head in the morning", Mr Dvorkovich said at a forum in Krasnoyarsk, according to the TASS news agency.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made this clear on Monday as he arrived at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg, telling reporters: "I'm afraid the Syrian war will go on in its terrible, miserable way".

Russian Federation has requested a United Nations meeting in NY later in the day, but this has not yet been confirmed.

"I expect, at this late stage, that Russian Federation would nevertheless return and could still support us solve this crisis", Pierce, at her very first interview together with American tv because the ambassador, informed Eric Shawn during a interview that aired Sunday on Foxnews.

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

Konstantin Gaaze, a liberal independent analyst here, said Friday that Putin still hopes to negotiate a new start to U.S.

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

Members of the Syrian police hold their weapons as they sit on a back of a truck at the city of Douma, Damascus, Syria April 16, 2018.

"However I think we all find it enormous, as do most people, that a country that aided assemble the chemical weapons convention and the global non-proliferation regime, so that Russian Federation can now be one of those rogue countries that want to reverse it", the ambassador stated.

On Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May won backing from her ministers to take action in Syria and French president Emmanuel Macron said he had proof that the government had carried out the 7 April attacks in Douma. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

Global stock markets have had a whipsaw week, largely fuelled by Trump's tendency to change his mind over top policy issues. Trump asked, adding the two countries are "most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime".

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