UN Security Council Refuses to Condemn US Attack on Syria

President Putin has demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council

· US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Saturday's strikes were more intense than the 58 missiles launched past year following a previous alleged chemical attack by the Assad regime.

Pentagon officials said the missiles first struck a scientific research centre near Damascus that develops, produces and tests chemical and biological weapons. In April 2017, the United States struck an airbase in Syria using cruise missiles.

And in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May was to face an emergency parliamentary debate Monday over her country's part in the operation.

The Syrian air defenses shot down 71 out of 103 fired missiles.

What was the result on the ground? Those are the people Russian Federation says it is going after.

Where does the evidence on the gas attack stand?

Mr Ryabkov told reporters in Moscow that what is hampering a swift resolution of the mission's visit to the Syrian town of Douma, near Damascus, the site of the alleged chemical attack, is "the consequences of the illegal, unlawful military action", a reference to Saturday's punitive air strikes.

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The intervention "is not going to turn the tide of the conflict", he said, adding that it was about stopping the erosion of the "taboo" of chemical weapons.

The OPCW declared that the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpile had been removed in 2014, only to confirm later that sarin was used in a 2017 attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhun.

"We are concerned they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW fact-finding mission", Ward said.

A senior Russian diplomat said on Monday that the mission from the global chemical weapons watchdog can not access the site of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital without an appropriate United Nations permit.

In late March, Trump said the USA would be "coming out of Syria very soon" and letting "other people take care of it now", which went against previously-outlined plans by the Pentagon and the State Department to keep troops in Syria to "support our partners", "prevent the return of terrorist groups" and transition to a "post-Assad leadership". "Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military".

Donald Trump said "mission accomplished" on Saturday.

Prime Minister May defended the strikes as "right and legal", highlighting that the objective had been "to alleviate further humanitarian suffering".

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed support for the airstrikes while maintaining that Germany would not become involved in military action. 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.

Israel described the strikes as an "important signal" to Iran, Syria and the Iran-backed Hezbollah.

The side that sides with the USA and wants more action against the Assad regime.

"To Iran and to Russian Federation I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" said Mr Trump.

Iran also issued strong statements early Saturday condemning the strikes.

Negotiations on the proposals are due to start on Monday, a day after a delegation from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were due to arrive in Douma.

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