Syria chemical attack staged by United Kingdom, claims Russian Federation

Russia says UK led 'staged' Syria gas attack

Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called by Russian Federation that should the USA and its allies decide to act in Syria it will be to defend "a bedrock global norm that benefits all nations" - the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

One senior official said Trump has asked his military to consider options that would include punishing Russian Federation and Iran - Syria's other main foreign backer - in part over his growing level of exasperation with Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the missile strikes an "act of aggression against a sovereign state" and said they were against the United Nations charter.

Russian Federation might be tapping into millions of home or small business computers and other devices to gain the ability to use them later in a coordinated attack on government computers or critical infrastructure, the officials said.

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

Russian Federation has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has helped turn the tide of war in his favour since entering the conflict in September 2015.

Most traffic within a company or between organizations traverses them.

Tayyip Erdogan, president of Syria's neighbour Turkey which is also in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, said on Friday he had spoken by phone with Trump and Putin and told both that increasing tension in the region was not right.

The Elysee palace said in a statement that Macron had also expressed regret about Russia's use of its Security Council veto on the attack.

"The president has a dilemma", said this official.

“Not a single one of the cruise missiles entered the zone of Russian air defense systems, ” the Defense Ministry said.

Valery Solovei, a political scientist at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations, which trains Russia's diplomats, said "I think, yes, this is the end".

"Just deterring this act with a few airstrikes and not looking at the consequences for Syria wouldn't be a fully fleshed-out action", said another senior administration official.

She noted that In 2017, Moscow "killed" a Joint Investigative Mechanism, which the United Nations established in 2015 to investigate and assign accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria. But the risk of close calls - and potentially lethal conflicts - remains. "If there is a strike by the Americans, then ... the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired", he said in Arabic.

While Mr Martin said most targeting of the United Kingdom had been aimed at government bodies and critical national infrastructure, U.S. officials said everything "from large enterprises to small home offices" could be affected.

Over the past week, pro-Kremlin officials, independent analysts and the state-allied news media here all described the situation in Syria as a uniquely risky moment.

Nonetheless, there are signs that the two sides, amid the standoff, haven't completely cut off ties, providing a thin possibility that the USA sanctions, the heated rhetoric and the Russian accusations of U.S. mendacity mask a desire to get along. Punitive gestures like Russia's ban on USA wine, spirits and tobacco can hardly be taken seriously; but the ban on imports of medicinal drugs could hit some groups of Russian patients quite painfully (Kommersant, April 14).

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