Russia's U.S. ambassador warns of consequences for Syria strikes

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A few hours earlier, before sunrise, loud explosions jolted Damascus and the sky turned orange as Syrian air defence units fired surface-to-air missiles in response to three waves of military strikes meant to punish President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons.

General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that, although the US military did not coördinate targets with Russian Federation ahead of time, it used the "deconfliction" line between the two countries to warn where Western forces would be operating.

Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's ambassador to the United Nations, said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation and urged Washington and its allies to refrain from military action against Syria.

Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter: "A pre-designed scenario is being implemented".

The ministry said that altogether more than 100 cruise and air-to-ground missiles were launched by U.S., British and French aircraft and navy ships.

The strikes were a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma last Saturday (April 7), which killed dozens of civilians. Trump tweeted, referring to Moscow's alliance with Assad. Moscow on Friday accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Erdogan said he'll talk to Putin later on Thursday, a day after he talked to President Donald Trump about Syria.

Trump is pressing for a more aggressive strike on Syria than U.S. military chiefs have recommended as he adopts a tougher stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials told Reuters.

"During discussions of the unfriendly actions against our country, we talked about the need to respond to the boorish behaviour by the United States and its creating obstacles to Russian business", Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on Friday, according to Tass news agency.

"No final decision has been made", White House press secretary said. They honked vehicle horns, flashed victory signs and waved Syrian flags in support of the Assad regime.

Others added: "I am afraid that while Russian Federation will not attack North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, it certainly will attack allies of US, UK, and France that are not part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

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Assad, who is supported by Iranian-back fighters as well as the Russian air force, has cemented his control over most of the western, more heavily populated, part of the country. The participation of British and French forces enables Trump to assert a wider global commitment against the use of chemical weapons, but the multi-pronged attack carries the risk of Russian retaliation.

"The most important thing is to refrain from ill-considered and risky actions that would constitute a gross violation of the UN Charter and would have unpredictable consequences", Putin's office said in a statement after he and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone.

Russian Federation warned that the allies' intervention "will not be left without consequences".

Iran provides the Assad regime with military advisers and "volunteer" ground forces.

The statements were significant because the head of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, had previously said the Russian military would respond to USA airstrikes that put Russian lives at risk by shooting down the missiles and potentially the ships or planes that fired them.

"In fact, it takes a very peculiar kind of uniqueness to attack Syria's capital at a time when the country has received a change for peace at last", Zaharova said, according to Russia's TASS news agency. Meanwhile, in Britain, the cabinet agreed in principle "on the need to take action" in Syria to "deter the further use of chemical weapons", a Downing Street statement stated. "The suffering it causes is horrendous", Guterres said.

Brigadier General Ali Mayhoub, a spokesman for the Syrian Armed Forces, read the statement on Syrian TV.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the strikes were a "one-time shot" and that no additional airstrikes were now planned.

Russia's lower house of parliament is to consider draft legislation that would give the Kremlin powers to ban or restrict a list of USA imports, reacting to new US sanctions on a group of Russian tycoons and officials.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who is now on a visit to France, said that "If our alliance with our partners requires it, we will be present", in reference to the possibility of Saudi Arabia taking part in a joint strike on Syria.

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