Britain's United Nations ambassador denies Russian accusation over alleged chemical attack in Syria

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council Friday that "there is no military solution to the conflict".

"Again, we are being threatened". The Assad regime has not authorized the US operations, but it also has not tried to shoot down American aircraft. When coupled with President Trump's warning that "missiles are coming" via Twitter only days earlier, it can be assumed that Russian forces, and likely as a result, Syrian forces, were aware of the target locations before the missiles actually arrived.

"The White House says its certainty about a chemical attack by Damascus relies on the media; on reports about symptoms, videos and photos; and also on credible information", she continued.

But a strike still seems more than likely after United Nations talks failed. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

Russian Federation and its ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use exists in Douma.

United Kingdom leaders determined Russian Federation was most likely responsible for the attack.

The S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile system provided by Russian Federation is the most advanced element of an air defense arrangement that also includes older S-300 systems and shorter-range SA-21 and SA-22.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Could military action from Washington and its allies trigger an armed confrontation with Putin's Russian Federation, a resentful nuclear-armed foe?

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As fears of a Russia-West military confrontation mount, Mr Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Despite the Kremlin's stern words, few expect Russian Federation to seek confrontation in Syria. Their reach was demonstrated in February when an Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed amid Syrian antiaircraft fire.

It comes as London has blamed Moscow for a nerve agent attack on a former double agent and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury last month. It can be assumed that the foreign casualties the United States hoped to avoid were likely Russian military forces.

Asked if he had seen enough evidence to blame the Syrian president, Mattis said: "We're still working on this".

"Those three countries - the US, Britain and France - if they think they can attack us and attack our sovereignty, at the time, we would have no other choice except applying Article 51 of the charter that gives us the right to defend ourselves, the legitimate right to defend ourselves", Jaafari said.

Anton Troianovski is The Washington Post's Moscow bureau chief.

The US administration is in turmoil, with vacancies or very new appointees in major national security positions and policy declared by Trump tweets sent in reaction to cable news segments.

"We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages", the official added.

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