United Nations rejects Russian attempt to condemn Syria airstrikes

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Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a U.S. strike could lead to a conflict with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the West of "hooliganism" and demanded that it "immediately end its actions against Syria and refrain from them in the future".

"We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", she said.

President Donald Trump ordered the "precision strikes" on Syrian targets responsible for the production and deployment of chemical weapons.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the USA and its allies "continue to put worldwide politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris, and Washington".

"It takes a very peculiar kind of uniqueness to attack Syria's capital at a time when the country has received a chance for peace at last", Zakharova said in a statement translated by TASS, the Russian state-owned news agency. "If we continue on this path, we will soon reach the diplomacy of the absurd".

Merkel said all available evidence pointed to the Assad regime being responsible for the Douma attack and criticized Russian Federation for blocking an independent investigation through the UN Security Council.

"I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today, " he said.

In April past year Trump ordered Tomahawk strikes on the Shayrat Airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhun. He accused the United States, France and Britain of "demonstrating a blatant disregard for worldwide law".

Experts from the global chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, were en route to the alleged chemical weapons attack site in Douma before the joint military strike was launched.

A Russian-drafted resolution won three votes at the Security Council, far below the nine votes required for adoption.

He accused Washington of putting worldwide peace at risk and said the situation was "very dangerous".

"Again, we are being threatened", Antonov continued.

Guterres said he has asked Syrian special envoy Staffan de Mistura to come to NY as soon as possible to consult "on the most effective way to accelerate the political process".

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