Russian warns of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

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"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Moscow's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia on Thursday.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia (L) and Bolivia's Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz speak to the media outside Security Council chambers at the U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., April 12, 2018.

"We continue to observe risky military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state in what would constitute a breach of global law", he said.

He called on the United States and its allies to immediately reconsider their plan "to bring the world to such a risky threshold and instead to support peaceful political negotiations towards ending the Syrian conflict".

"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 statement warning of consequences came shortly after the U.S., Britain and France conducted a missile strike on three targets in Syria in response to Syria's Assad gassing innocent families to death. During his meeting with Trump and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford, Mattis pushed for more evidence of the Assad regime's culpability for the attack, to bolster the case for air strikes, The New York Times reported.In France, Macron claimed in a TV interview he had "proof" that Assad's regime had used chemical weapons and vowed a response "in due course".

Analysis: Putin unlikely to leave strike on Syria unanswered

Russia's foreign minister claimed on Friday that a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was staged with the help of an unspecified foreign intelligence agency.

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

But by Thursday, both sides appeared anxious to dial down the rhetoric, and it was the Russians who took the biggest step back, redefining what would prompt them to respond militarily to any USA -led punitive raids on Syria.

President Trump has issued another stern warning to Russian Federation for its alleged role in a suspected chemical attack in Syria over the weekend. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

"We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies", it said. That clinched a huge victory for President Assad, crushing a long rebellion in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus.

Sweden has proposed a way forward to the paralyzed U.N. Security Council that would include immediately sending a high-level disarmament mission to Syria to address outstanding issues on the use of chemical weapons "once and for all". France is already involved in the US -led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

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