'Consequences' for Syria strike: Russian Federation

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Early Saturday morning local time, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that more than 100 missiles were fired by the US -led coalition retaliating against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons.

Konashenkov released statements he said came from medics at Douma's hospital, saying a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons, dousing them with water and causing panic.

Russia, which has military forces deployed in Syria in support of the government, warned that United States air strikes risked starting a war. This scenario, he said, "cannot be tolerated. especially in light of the deployment in Syria of the Russian contingent".

The US president said Washington is prepared to "sustain" pressure on al-Assad until he ends what Trump called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

Trump then singled out Russian President Vladimir Putin and said, "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace".

Warships and submarines of the Russian naval taskforce were keeping track at a close distance of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation assault ships and submarines in the area, Russian government news site Tass said, citing a military and diplomatic source. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

Meanwhile, on Friday Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said his group, Syria, Iran and Russian Federation are not scared by Trump's threats. Moscow kept up its resistance on Friday. We don't want that to happen in Syria.

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"I believe that, of course, we're not now in the position that we were at the peak of the Cuban Missile Crisis". We have to make some further decisions.

Russian Federation and Syria also clashed with the three Western allies over the legality of the airstrikes and responsibility for the Security Council's paralysis.

On Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May won backing from her ministers to take action in Syria and French president Emmanuel Macron said he had proof that the government had carried out the 7 April attacks in Douma.

Russian officials - both from Moscow and speaking at the United Nations - alleged quickly after Saturday's suspected attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fake.

Some analysts have predicted that the Kremlin will not wish to engage in a military clash with the USA, but that the ongoing tension with Syria could push the two sides toward a military confrontation.

"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged event, and that the secret services of a certain state that is now at the forefront of a Russophobic campaign was involved in this staged event", he said during a press conference.

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