Strikes hit Syria as country had 'chance for peaceful future': Moscow

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2018

Moscow on Saturday strongly criticized the joint the US, United Kingdom and France airstrikes targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons in Syria.

"We have absorbed the strike", the official told Reuters.

Moscow promised a response to the attack, saying its "worst apprehensions" had come true.

Meanwhile, Russia's Embassy to the United Kingdom tweeted a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, that denied there was any evidence of a chemical attack.

Syrian opposition activists and first responders say a chemical attack on the town of Douma, near the capital, killed more than 40 people on April 7. "We warned that such actions would not be left without consequences".

And last year's strikes against Syria don't seem to have deterred the Syrian government from using chemical weapons again.

As chemical weapons experts arrived in Syria to investigate a suspected poison gas attack by government forces, global diplomacy was in high gear to head off an escalation, though accusations flew thick and fast between Washington and its allies, and Russia, Assad's main backer.

There are allegations that the center may have been involved in the production of chemical weapons. Trump asked, adding the two countries are "most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime". Reports from Damascus described multiple waves of missiles striking targets in the eastern part of the capital, where chemical weapons facilities were known to be located.

France is urging Russia to join in renewed peace efforts after Western missile strikes on Syria aimed at punishing Bashar Assad for an alleged chemical attack, while the Syrian leader was said to have appeared unfazed Sunday in a meeting with Russian politicians.

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