Trump warns Russia, Iran about Syria connections

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Speaking prior to the vote on the draft resolution, the Secretary-General urged countries to avoid actions that would escalate the situation in Syria and worsen the suffering of its people. Four countries abstained - Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.

"The last time the United States launched a missile attack against the Shayrat airfields (in April 2017), it really did not put a dent into Syria's chemical weapons arsenal or air forces", Piazza said.

The strikes against Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens in the Damascus suburb of Douma were created to avoid provoking Russian Federation into a response.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council "there is clear information demonstrating Assad's culpability".

During his address, President Trump said U.S. forces were prepared to sustain this response "until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents" and issued a direct message to Russian Federation and Iran which he said are "most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime".

Emmanuel Macron, France's president, said his country joined the USA and United Kingdom because Assad's government had crossed a "red line" with the alleged attack on Douma. "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons".

"The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances is illegal and utterly reprehensible", Mr Turnbull said.


Anatoly Antonov said in a statement that Russian Federation has warned that "such actions will not be left without consequences" and "all responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris".

"We are determined to completely crush ISIS and create the conditions that will prevent its return." she said.

'We would have preferred an alternative path.

Ms Haley also made it clear that the United States will not be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying U.S. involvement there "is not done".

Russian Federation has labeled the coordinated strikes on Syria by the U.S., France, and Britain "unacceptable and lawless" - while warning of serious consequences.

"This is of course an immediate session of the United Nations Security Council".

"Practically everyone believes that a military response from Russian Federation is not possible, this is very unsafe and can have the opposite effect".


SIMON: And if I might ask you in the half minute we have left, is the bromance, if you please, between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at an end from the Russian point of view?

In Damascus, Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, met inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW for about three hours in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official.

The heavily armed, Iranian-backed Shi'ite Hezbollah movement, which fights alongside the Syrian army and is represented in the Beirut government, has been a vital ally of Damascus in Syria's war.

Nebenzia responded saying the environment is "not very conducive for any rapprochement" and "the political and risky military situation we are in now" must be sorted out first.

"The administration is looking at sanctions on Russian Federation, potentially some more sanctions, quite frankly, but we don't have any announcement to make at this time", Gidley said.

It was called by Russian Federation which failed to get the other 14 Council members to adopt a resolution condemning the airstrikes.


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