White House says considering additional sanctions on Russia

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Mr Lavrov said the "deconfliction channel" to prevent a clash between United States and Russian forces had done its job and a confrontation had not been close.

Cruise missiles targeted Al-Dumayr air base east of Damascus, according to the Russian military.

The Russian Kilo-class submarines tracked the British vessel, armed with Tomahawk missiles, which had moved within firing distance of Syria, The Sunday Times reported.

The two countries routinely accuse each other of fabricating events, as they did during the Cold War. And not only in Syria, but also in all spheres of Russian-American relations.

Damascus harshly condemned the bombing, saying it will never bow to the West's attacks on its sovereignty.

"I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today", he said.

Assad, Putin, Rouhani and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah have accused the West of using the strikes to sabotage an worldwide inquiry into the chemical weapons claims. 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. "The use of a nerve agent in the U.K.in recent weeks is part of a pattern of disregard for these norms". The ministry additionally pointed to the previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops. "However, it refused to make the intelligence public, as a lot of this stuff is classified at this point".

Zasypkin also said that any hostilities with Washington should be avoided and Moscow was ready for negotiations. "The Russian military previously warned of a provocation" involving chemical weapons being planned by militants.

Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared. "What did take place was the staged thing", he added. He said there would be "consequences", and the responsibility for them lies with Washington, London and Paris. You may WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502.

"Several strikes were conducted against the scientific research centre in Barzeh and Jamraya".

But the Syrian government said the bombing destroyed an education center and scientific laboratories, but resulted in no casualties.

Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of three Syrian chemical weapons sites.

It says Syria's chemical weapons programme has been set back years.

The Russian currency climbed as much as 0.7 percent to 61.637 versus the dollar on Monday after earlier falling as much as 0.9 percent.

Russian Federation on Saturday called USA airstrikes on Syria "treacherous and insane" and a "clear and present danger to world peace".

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said on ABC's "This Week" that while the air strikes on Syria were proportional and justifiable, they don't "solve the problem that we do not have an overall comprehensive strategy for dealing with Syria".

Dangers of a direct military confrontation between Russia and the United States eased over the weekend after Western missiles fired at Syria over a suspected poison gas attack steered clear of any Russian troops on the ground. "Our job was never to start a war". In fact, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no additional attacks were planned. "The coalition did contact their Russian counterparts to deconflict airspace", but did not coordinate targets" with Moscow.

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