Strikes hit Syria as country had 'chance for peaceful future': Moscow

Mindy Sparks
April 16, 2018

Russia, a key ally of the Assad government, is calling for an immediate UN Security Council meeting, he said.

Noting that Trump extended "an olive branch" to both Russian Federation and Iran in his speech, Taleblu added that "the question for the USA and the coalition is how long are they prepared to sustain this", he asked.

"The situation is being analysed right now".

"Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman John McCain is applauding the airstrikes but says "they alone will not achieve United States objectives in the Middle East".

Syria's air defence system, which mostly consists of systems made in the Soviet Union, has intercepted 71 of the missiles fired on Saturday by the U.S., British and French forces, he added.

The joint operation came one week after a suspected chemical attack outside Damascus left more than 40 people dead.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook: "Those behind all this claim moral leadership in the world and declare they are exceptional".


"You have to be quite abnormal to attack Syria's capital just at the moment when it had a chance for a peaceful future".

Russian Federation responded angrily to a US -led strike against Syria on Friday, warning of unspecified "consequences" that stoked fears the conflict could escalate. "A pre-designed scenario is being implemented".

"The worst fears were justified: our warnings were ignored, a script prepared in advance is being put into practice, and again we are threatened".

"Not one of the cruise missiles released by the U.S. and its allies entered the zone of responsibility of Russian air defences protecting facilities in Tartus and Hmeimim", the ministry said in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti state news agency, referring to the locations of Russia's naval facility in Tartus and its Hmeimim air base.

"What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"

A highly placed Russian politician is likening President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler after the launch of airstrikes against Syria, and says he regards the action as a move against Russia.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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