North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convenes emergency meeting on the strike in Syria

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Vice President Mike Pence says the airstrikes on Syria "degraded and crippled" the country's chemical weapons capability. The attack evoked large-scale criticism of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Russia's U.S. embassy warned the airstrikes will "not be left without consequences", while the Iranian Foreign Ministry threatened unspecified consequences.

But Russia branded the airstrike an act of "hooliganism" and called for a vote on a United Nations resolution to condemn "the aggression" against Syria.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg says Russia's obstruction course at the U.N. Security Council left NATO's U.S, British and French allies no option but to launch a missile attack on key Syrian installations.

'Since this was blocked by Russian Federation there was no other alternative than to react the way they reacted at this time'.

Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary General, stated that he supported the airstrikes in Syria conducted by the US and its allies.

In separate calls, the Prime Minister spoke to the United States and French presidents to discuss the offensive. They also made clear that their military action was limited to the Syrian regime's facilities enabling the production and employment of chemical weapons.

The strikes were about making sure that chemical weapons can not be used with impunity, he added.

"The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, and those responsible must be held accountable", he added.

He said: 'Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace.



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