Russian Federation threatens retaliation as U.S. & its allies launch attack on Syria

Henrietta Strickland
April 15, 2018

"Russia severely condemns the attack on Syria where Russian military are helping the lawful government in the fight with terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement, its first reaction to the strikes.

"We have absorbed the strike", the official told Reuters.

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

"The worst fears were justified: our warnings were ignored, a script prepared in advance is being put into practice, and again we are threatened".

Moscow also said it was calling an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council, where it is a permanent member, to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the USA and its allies.

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

The combined decision by the United States and its allies to strike Syria comes after Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov presented evidence claiming that last Saturday's alleged chemical attack in Douma was orchestrated.

Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the US, Britain and France got support from only two other countries on the 15-member council - China and Bolivia.

Russian Federation has condemned US, UK and French strikes against targets in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons as the Western allies argued they were essential to deter the future use of illegal munitions. Moscow also suggested that it will shoot down any projectiles that threaten Russian personnel fighting jihadists in Syria.

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