Russia Says Has Proof Britain Was Behind Alleged Syria Chemical Attack

Buses carry rebels and their families who left Douma at Wafideen camp in Damascus. — Reuters

"But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree", Haley told the U.N. Security Council.

MOSCOW - The Russian military says that an alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged and directed by Britain.

The world leaders announced that the strikes targeted positions linked to the chemical weapons facilities of the Syrian government.

Russia's denial of the attack comes as Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, is set to study the area for evidence.

Trump himself appeared on Thursday to cast doubt on at least the timing of any USA -led military action, tweeting: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

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The vote reflected the deep divisions in the UN's most powerful body, which has been paralysed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and chemical weapons use in the country.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States, France and Britain were only interested in ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government and containing Russian Federation. Putin and Macron instructed their foreign and defense ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said.

"This is grotesque, it is a blatant lie, it is the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian propaganda machine", Pierce told reporters.

She accused Russian Federation of defending Syrian President Bashar Assad and failing to ensure that Syria's chemical weapons were destroyed as the Assad regime had pledged in 2013.

Nikki Haley said: "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line". The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad.

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Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia (L) and Bolivia's Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz speak to the media outside Security Council chambers at the U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., April 12, 2018.

A Downing Street spokesperson added: "They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

Any U.S. strike would probably involve the Navy.

The Syria crisis has come as a test not only for Trump, but incoming White House national security adviser John Bolton, a hawk who joined Trump's team this week. A US guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

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