Russia says will make every effort to improve ties with West

Vassily Nebenzia

Vassily Nebenzia

Reacting to the joint attack on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday slammed the U.S. and its allies for carrying out a military strike on Syria, saying that Washington was "increasingly exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria" as he called for an immediate UN Security Council meeting to discuss the "aggressive action".

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the US and its allies "continue to put worldwide politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington". He accused the USA, France and Britain of "demonstrating a blatant disregard for worldwide legislation".

"I hope hot heads will cool down and that will be it", he told reporters. Russian Federation and Syria have said there was no evidence of a chemical weapons attack.

Britain would consider launching a cyber attack against Russian Federation in retaliation if Russian Federation targeted British national infrastructure, the Sunday Times reported, citing unnamed security sources.

"We're assured that we have now crippled Syria's chemical weapons program. We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will", U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said.

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"If the Syrian regime makes use of this poison gasoline once more, the United States of America is locked and loaded", Haley mentioned.

During an address to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all states "to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people". Four countries abstained - Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.

Looking ahead, Delattre said France, Britain and the United States will soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues.

Overnight, US, British and French forces launched more than 100 missiles from ships and manned aircraft, targeting three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities. Russia vetoed a US textual content, whereas two Russian-drafted resolutions did not get a minimal 9 votes to go.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce blamed Russian Federation for repeatedly vetoing resolutions on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said the United Kingdom took military action "to save lives", on the legal basis of "humanitarian intervention".

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