In Moscow, a sense of relief after a limited Syria attack

In Moscow, a sense of relief after a limited Syria attack

Western diplomats accused Syria and Russian Federation on Monday of preventing weapons inspectors from reaching the site of an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government that led to a series of air strikes by the United States and its allies over the weekend.

In this regard, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that first there was punishment against Syria and then the inspectors were allowed to do their job.

The UK said it was "essential" the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was granted "unfettered access" to Douma. Its fact-finding team reached Syria on Saturday, the day of the US-led airstrikes against Syrian government targets in response to the April 7 attack.

A United Nations security team would first check the area on Tuesday, the general said.

Russian Federation had said all along that Syria had no need to use chemical weapons.

Russian Federation has denied involvement, and on Saturday also condemned strikes against Syria by Western powers, which Britain took part in.

"Not a single one of the cruise missiles entered the zone of Russian air-defence systems", the Ministry of Defence said.

The other two were suspected chemical weapons facilities at Him Shinshar near Homs.

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Theresa May has received intelligence risk assessments since the nerve-agent attack in Salisbury that the Putin regime could hit back with "kompromat" (compromising material) on members of her cabinet after the UK's military strike in Syria yesterday.

Mr Johnson, speaking at a summit of European Union foreign ministers, stressed it was "not an attempt to change the tide of the war in Syria or to have regime change" and "the Syrian war in many ways will go on in its frightful, miserable way".

President Bashar al-Assad appears to have the upper hand against rebel factions in this seven-year war - largely due to Russian support - and all indications point to that continuing. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate. A new war against Syria would have negative consequences, especially because it would end the little confidence we have left over the acts of the West, Lavrov told the British public radio and television network BBC.

The strikes, it said, were conducted by two U.S. ships traversing the Red Sea, adding that the coalition also deployed B-1 Lancer strategic bombers and arranged tactical air support in the airspace over the Mediterranean.

U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Ward levied the accusation against Russian Federation during a closed-door meeting at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. "We are evaluating but nothing to announce right now", she said.

American and British officials said that the attacks disclosed on Monday affected a wide range of organizations including internet service providers, private businesses and critical infrastructure providers.

"With the political and diplomatic actions that we're taking now, we wanted their friends Iran and Russian Federation to know that we meant business and that they were going to be feeling the pain from this as well", she said. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year. "But it was the world saying that we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons".

Noting that Trump extended "an olive branch" to both Russian Federation and Iran in his speech, Taleblu added that "the question for the USA and the coalition is how long are they prepared to sustain this", he asked. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday will respond to their criticism in a debate in parliament on Monday afternoon.

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