United Nations rejects Russian attempt to condemn U.S. aggression in Syria


It said that Syria's air defense assets have downed all of them.

The Russian embassy in US wasted no time in reacting to the strikes late Friday in the USA, with Ambassador Anatoly Antonov saying on Twitter, "The worst apprehensions have come true".

Russia's ambassador to the United States says there will be consequences for the military strikes, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president. France's UN Ambassador Francois Delattre said the result of the vote sends "a clear message" that Security Council members recognised the need for the air strikes, and "their proportional and targeted nature".

"The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of worldwide relations", Putin said.

All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London, and Paris.

Putin also called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

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The action followed a week of threats of retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

The U.S. -led operation won broad Western support. Fifteen years ago, the White House used a test tube and its secretary of state. Russian Federation and its ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use exists in Douma.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", the U.S. president said in a televised address.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that 12 cruise missiles have been launched at the Dumayr air base east of Damascus.

General Sergei Rudskoi told reporters in the Russian capital that Syrian forces using Soviet-designed systems intercepted 71 of the 103 cruise missiles launched, including at six airfields, a claim that couldn't be independently verified.

Defense officials for Russian Federation, which has troops on the ground in support of Syria's government forces, have denied that an attack on civilians took place, and claim it was staged by enemies of their country.