Putin condemns strike on Syria, calls for United Nations emergency meeting

Putin condemns strike on Syria, calls for United Nations emergency meeting

Putin condemns strike on Syria, calls for United Nations emergency meeting

Witnesses on the ground in Damascus reported hearing explosions in the Syrian capital, where more than a million people live.

The attack came hours after US President Donald Trump confirmed he'd organised a strike on Damascus.

Russia's Defence Ministry issued a statement saying that more than 100 cruise missiles and air-to-land missiles were fired by the US, Britain, and France from the sea and air "at Syrian military and civilian targets".

The Pentagon official said the allied forces' attack was met with no resistance.

Mattis said the joint strikes against Syria were a "one-time shot" unless Assad continues to use chemical weapons. But the USA that carried out its second strike on Syria in a year refuses to buy that argument. Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi on Saturday said Russian Federation may consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria.

"If it's the Russians, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out, and we'll know the answers quite soon", Trump said on Monday.

Trump said the operation would be conducted in cooperation with the militaries of France and Britain. "The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

The combined U.S., British and French assault appeared to be more intense than the strike Trump ordered nearly exactly a year ago against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for an earlier chemical weapons attack that Washington attributed to Assad.

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The military action is not about intervening in Syria's civil war or changing its government, she said.

Syria was able to down most of the missiles launched by U.S, United Kingdom and France, Russian Defense Ministry revealed on Saturday.

May said the aim was to deter the Syrian regime authorities from further use of chemical weapons and to send a message to the wider world that it was unacceptable to use such weapons.

Trump spoke from the White House Friday night.

Russia's Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies that Syria intercepted the US and allied attacks using Soviet-produced hardware, including the Buk missile system.

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook: "First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State, now smart American rockets. The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked", Zakharova wrote in a Facebook post.

Trump criticized Russian Federation and Iran, Syria's two key allies, for their roles in supporting "murderous dictators".

As of yet, there has been no military response from Syria.

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