Russian Federation says U.S. will want dialogue after Syria strikes

UN chief Antonio Guterres | File AP

UN chief Antonio Guterres | File AP

"We put facts contrary to your myths", he said.

Saturday's action didn't seem likely to threaten the Syrian regime's survival, a key Kremlin priority.

The United States, France and Britain defended their military action as legal during the Security Council meeting.

In his televised address from the White House on Friday evening, Trump said the USA was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. "They wanted to get some militaristic PR for their own political reasons but they're scared of getting hit back". The NATO alliance gave its full backing; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels that the attack was about ensuring that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity. France said Russian Federation was warned in advance of the strikes to avoid direct confrontation.

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Russian Federation has vowed that an attack on Syria would not go unanswered, issuing several statements to that effect in the days before tonight's bombing.

Looking ahead, Delattre said France, Britain and the United States will soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues. Moscow has called that incident a set-up, a contention Western governments dismiss. Britain believes "that is wholly within the principles and practices of the United Nations", she said.

Ambassador Antonov said: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

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.

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"In 2013, President [Vladimir] Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons", Trump said.

By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft the US, UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland and Ivory Coast.

"Ties remain tense, but there's a faint hope that the window of opportunity for improvement hasn't yet closed", she said.

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