United Kingdom could launch retaliatory cyber attack on Russian Federation if infrastructure targeted

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Dutch counterpart in Moscow

Also on Monday, Western countries accused Moscow on Monday of preventing inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied that Moscow had interfered with any evidence.

The team was still not been granted safe passage on Monday, CNN quoted British envoy to the OPCW, Peter Wilson, as saying.

He said: "Russia has argued that the attack on Douma was somehow staged, or faked".

Syria and Russian Federation deny chemical weapons were used in the final offensive that captured Douma, a rebel-held territory east of Damascus.

It came just hours before the UN's Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) experts were set to visit the Damascus suburb of Douma on Saturday to establish whether chemical weapons had been used there last week.

Russian officials made explicit threats to shoot down USA missiles prior to the strike, and even to target the missile launchers.

Overnight, US, British and French forces launched more than 100 missiles from ships and manned aircraft, targeting three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities.

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The latest row between the United Kingdom and Russian Federation came as Theresa May prepared to face MPs over her decision to launch air strikes against Syria as Labour questioned the legality of the bombing raid.

The ministry additionally pointed to the previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

Mr Jaffer, a former advisor to US President George W. Bush, argued the Assad regime in Syria would not exist if it was not for the support of Vladimir Putin, claiming the Russian President was also to blame for the deadly civil conflict. U.S. envoy Ward also condemned the Syrian government for what he called its "reign of chemical terror". Russia's insistent warnings that a USA airstrike could bring Russian retaliation - and the United States' apparent effort to avoid threatening Russian assets in its assault - showed that strategy at work.

Mr Macron said later that France and the USA shared the same aim in Syria: the defeat of the Islamic State group.

The defense ministry said the Russian forces did not deploy their air defense systems stationed in Syria to intercept the American, British, and French missiles.

The United States and its allies Britain and France used missiles Saturday to strike targets in Syria that they said were involved in producing chemical weapons, which President Bashar al-Assad's government denies having used. "We warned that such actions will not remain without consequences", the report said.

One of the three sites hit was the Barzeh complex, which the United States says was a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this. And it would establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks, call for a cease-fire in Syria, unimpeded access for all humanitarian aid, and an urgent resumption of negotiations on a political settlement.

Russian lawmakers have drafted a bill suspending cooperation with United States companies in the nuclear, missile and aircraft-building spheres, as well as introducing restrictions on imports of alcohol and tobacco produced in the US.

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