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Britain braces for possible Russian retaliation over Syria strikes

17 April 2018

Russian Federation has been turned down by the UN Security Council in its efforts to pass a resolution that would condemn "the aggression against Syria by the us and its allies in violation of the UN charter".

President Donald Trump on Sunday said a USA -led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program was "perfectly carried out". And it shows that Washington appears to have succeeded for now in delivering a blow that did not provoke Russian Federation into a military response - even though the degree to which the missile attack hindered Assad's chemical-weapons capability is far from clear.

"Our job was never to take Assad out", Haley said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"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.

The Defense Secretary went on to call the offensive a "one off shot", saying, "right now we have no additional attacks planned".

Putin's more restrained statement nonetheless argues that the attacks mark the second time the US has launched strikes in response to alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad without adequate proof.

MAYNES: Well, you know, the relationship between President Trump and President Putin or Russian Federation and the USA has been on such a rollercoaster ride over - since Trump took office.

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Russian Federation on Saturday called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as Moscow said it would consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria following USA -led strikes.

Haley told "Fox News Sunday" the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying USA involvement there "is not done".

And now for a view from Russian Federation, where President Vladimir Putin has called the airstrikes in Syria, quote, "an act of aggression". The US president claimed that the joint action was meant to establish a "strong deterrent" against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons. The mechanism would look at cases where the OPCW fact-finding mission has established chemical weapons were used or likely used.

The Syrian leadership has denied any involvement in the attack, and invited the experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate into the reports.

"With yesterday's military action, our message was crystal clear". They said - they confirmed that the USA airstrikes avoided hitting Russian bases in Syria.

"Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said during a CBS interview on Sunday.

"They are hard for us, but will do more damage to the United States of America and Europe", RIA quoted Serebrennikov as saying.

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Assad told a group of visiting Russian lawmakers that the Western missile strikes were an act of aggression, Russian news agencies reported.

There has been wall-to-wall coverage all day in Russian Federation.

French president Emmanuel Macron has clarified comments that he "convinced" his USA counterpart Donald Trump to maintain a USA military presence in Syria - a remark which prompted a rebuttal from the White House.

Russia24 did live hits with their reporter in Washington, with images of war protesters outside the White House. He has previously told his national security team he wants USA troops to exit Syria within six months.

That line of thinking is particularly notable, as tensions between Russia and the United Kingdom have been particularly strained recently, as a result of an alleged nerve agent attack carried out in Salisbury, England by Russian operatives.

The main question tossed around in the first few hours seemed to be "Why now?"

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Britain braces for possible Russian retaliation over Syria strikes