Strikes on Syria did not hit areas near Russian bases: Moscow

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Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad's government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

In fact, if there was any surprise about the US strike on Syria, it was the caution with which Washington avoided targeting any Iranian assets; many Russian experts interpreted the arrival of US National Security Advisor John Bolton as a sure sign of a forthcoming US clash with Iran (Republic.ru, March 26).

Mr Borodin wrote last month about the death of people said to be Russian mercenaries.

However, said two other officials, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other military leaders have warned that the larger the attack, the greater the risk of a confrontation with Russian Federation. Lavrov noted that Russian and U.S. militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it's not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.

The strikes against the regime of Russia's ally Bashar Assad put an exclamation point on how swiftly ties between the former Cold War foes have deteriorated in recent weeks, with US President Trump even overcoming his past unwillingness to criticise President Putin by name.

Russian officials alleged quickly after last Saturday's suspected attack that the images of victims in Douma were fake.

The suspected poison attack by Syrian government forces that allegedly killed more than 40 people has drawn worldwide outrage and prompted the U.S. and its allies to consider a military response.

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"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Russian's ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, told reporters following a closed-door meeting of the Security Council. "But it was the world saying that we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons".

Striking a conciliatory note, it said: "The President of the Republic called for dialogue with Russian Federation to be maintained and stepped up to bring peace and stability back to Syria".

For the most part, the disinformation circulating in pro-Trump circles falls into two categories: 1) conspiracy theories alleging that the chemical attack that killed an estimated 70 Syrian civilians last weekend is either a false flag or a hoax, and 2) fear-appeals that discourage the US from taking action in Syria by warning that punishing the Assad regime risks starting a war with Russian Federation. After the United Kingdom blamed Russia for the poisoning of a former spy in Britain, more than 150 Russian diplomats were expelled by the United Kingdom and allies including the US The Trump administration followed with new sanctions on Russian oligarchs including billionaire aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska.

What has Trump said about the attack?

The WHO cautioned that it has no formal role in forensic inquiries into the use of chemical weapons. "We're making sure we have all the information to know if we do something, what will happen, how will it happen and will it hurt anyone". She noted in the meeting that Russian Federation "has stopped at nothing to defend the Syrian regime's multiple uses of chemical weapons". He was speaking a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said France had proof there was a chemical attack - also without revealing what that evidence was. The Kremlin's ambassador to Beirut vowed that Russian forces would try to shoot down any USA missiles.

President Vladimir Putin used the pause to engage in some diplomatic exchanges, which had neither the feeling of urgency nor any chance for success.

Far-right British politician Nigel Farage, an outspoken Trump supporter, also weighed in on Syria this week, accusing "globalists" of wanting to start a war with Russian Federation and calling the chemical attack in Syria a "false flag". -Russian ties in a one-on-one summit with President Trump.

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