Russian Federation condemns attack on Syria

Sergei Bobylev  TASS

"Without the sanction of the UN Security Council, in breach of the UN charter and the norms and principles of worldwide law, an act of aggression was committed against a sovereign state", the Kremlin said. But the vote at the end of an emergency meeting called by Russian Federation also demonstrated again the paralysis of the UN's most powerful body in dealing with Syria's seven-year conflict. Eight countries voted against the Russian draft - the US, UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland and Ivory Coast. Four countries abstained - Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.

Moscow also said it was calling an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council, where it is a permanent member, to discuss the "aggressive actions" of the USA and its allies.

Following the USA -led strikes, however, "we consider it possible to return to examination of this issue not only in regard to Syria but to other countries as well", Rudskoi said.

Moscow on Saturday strongly criticized the joint the US, United Kingdom and France airstrikes targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons in Syria.

'We would have preferred an alternative path.

The UN Security Council is now holding an emergency session on Syria at Russia's request on Friday. "US not leaving Syria until goals accomplished" Speaking to a media outlet, Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

The US, France, and Britain announced a joint operation against Syria's government, a week after a suspected chemical attack outside the capital Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

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