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Putin sits back as US, Britain and France strike Syria

15 Avril 2018

Russian Federation is expected to call an emergency session of UN Security Council to discuss the strikes on Syria at 11A.M. EST.

Trump on Friday night announced that the three allies had launched military strikes to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for alleged chemical weapons use and to prevent him from doing it again.

No military measures were immediately announced, but in a clear warning to the US and its allies, Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff said Moscow could boost Syria's Soviet-era air defense assets with batteries of state-of-the-art S-300 missiles.

USA TODAY will provide live coverage for this event.

"I hope someday we get along with Russian Federation and perhaps even with Iran, maybe not", said the US President. It did not mention the overall number of missiles intercepted by Syrian forces.

During that period, the letter claims, Russian Federation was secretly developing the nerve agents known as Novichok that British officials say were used in the March 4 attack on Mr Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the quiet cathedral city of Salisbury, England.

The vote reflected the deep divisions in the U.N.'s most powerful body, which has been paralyzed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and chemical weapons use in the country.

Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said in a statement that people's worst apprehensions have come true as Russia's warnings have gone unheard.

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the US-led missile attack on Syria and has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

The chemical attack: Dozens of people were reportedly killed and many more injured in a suspected chemical weapons attack in the city of Dhouma last week.

Air Force Lt. Gen. David J. Buck, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, said in the same year that "Russia views USA dependency on space as an exploitable vulnerability, and they are taking deliberate actions to strengthen their counter-space capabilities".

The investigators, who are mandated to determine only if chemical weapons were used and not who used them, were expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based organisation said. No additional strikes against the Assad regime were planned for the time being, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, following Dunford's comments.

But Nebenzia said the goal was to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power.

"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", he said.

But in his statement, the president said, "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", Trump said.

Putin sits back as US, Britain and France strike Syria