Vladimir Putin condemns US-led airstrikes on Syria

Trump says Russia ties worse than Cold War blames Mueller

The U.S. -led strike was a response to a purported chemical attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Moscow's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Thursday.

"The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of global relations", he added.

They are at cross-purposes with the latest actions on Syria, where the administration is trying to cobble together a coalition before it unleashes a strike against President Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons in a Damascus suburb last week.

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.

Trump's tweet reacted to a warning from Russian Federation that threatened that any USA missiles fired at Syria over the deadly assault on the rebel enclave of Douma near Damascus would be shot down and the launch sites targeted.

During the recent UN Security Council meeting on Syria, Ambassador Nebenzia was highly critical of US-led military actions in different locations across the globe.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that "the action against Syria came precisely at the moment when the country received a chance for a peaceful future".

"None of the cruise missiles launched by the United States and its allies entered the zones of Russian air defenses around Tartus and Hmeymin", the ministry said in a statement.


Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication", after inspection by Russian chemical experts, according to The Associated Press.

Russia's United Nations ambassador warned that US-led strikes could lead to a confrontation between the world's two preeminent nuclear powers.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

On Wednesday, the president tweeted that USA missiles "will be coming" and told Russian Federation, which has forces in Syria, to "get ready".

Speaking to reporters in Romania, Le Drian says: "We are very firm...as the president of the Republic said.... this situation can't be tolerated". Pierce said she wanted "to state categorically. that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon". But the next morning, Trump tweeted that he "never said when an attack on Syria would take place". Trump has blamed Assad and Russian Federation for backing him. "They will arrive in the Duma and will prepare an independent report of what actually happened", he said.

Asked to comment on possible USA strikes, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Thursday that "it's necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria".

During his meeting with Trump and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford, Mattis pushed for more evidence of the Assad regime's culpability for the attack, to bolster the case for air strikes, The New York Times reported.

Experts told RT that the sell-off triggered by U.S. sanctions would be followed by a rebound, since Russian Federation provides some of the most lucrative returns on its bonds. "Russia provides the highest yields among the emerging economies on its sovereign debt (the OFZs)".

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