Putin: strikes against Syria may result in chaos in worldwide relations

New Western air strikes in Syria would provoke

Putin: strikes against Syria may result in chaos in worldwide relations

Although US President Donald Trump had declared: "Mission accomplished" after the strikes, US Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie at the Pentagon acknowledged that elements of the program remained and he could not guarantee that Syria would be unable to conduct a chemical attack in the future.

The strikes came after the Assad regime was accused of carrying out a chemical attack in Syria's Douma, which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

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"The American (military) knows well that going towards a wide confrontation and a big operation against the regime and the army and the allied forces in Syria could not end, and any such confrontation would inflame the entire region", Nasrallah said.

Syrian and Russian officials had warned of "pending security issues to be worked out before any deployment could take place", Uzumcu said.

"The alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria can not be a justification for military airstrikes in a territory of a sovereign state without the authorisation of the UNSC".

Around 75 people, including children, were killed in the Douma assault, United Kingdom officials have said, while 500 people were treated in the attack's aftermath with symptoms consistent with chemical weapons exposure, the World Health Organization reported, citing its partners on the ground.

"For we can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - either within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom or elsewhere".

The Western military response comes as the Syrian regime, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, has largely turned the war in its favor, retaking large swaths of territory from rebels since Russian Federation intervened in 2015.

"From the point of view of al-Assad, Iran and Russian Federation, the real action of this war is happening on the ground and on the ground al-Assad is winning", said Landis.

Both Russia and Iran decried what they called a violation of worldwide law and Syria's sovereignty, but it was unclear what, if any, response they would make. The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation have denied involvement in any such attack.

The reaction from Damascus and its backers following the 2017 United States strike in Syria was muted despite repeated threats.

Syrian state TV reported overnight that anti-aircraft defenses had shot down missiles fired at an air base in the Homs area, and a media unit run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah said missiles had also targeted an air base near Damascus. It also has troops in Iraq, where Iran-backed militias hold considerable sway.

As the Kremlin press office reports, the leaders exchanged views on the situation after the USA and its allies' missile strike in the Syrian territory.

It didn't say who carried out the early Tuesday airstrikes.

The U.S. -led strikes did nothing to alter the strategic balance or dent Assad's supremacy and the Western allies have said the aim was to prevent the further use of chemical weapons, not to intervene in the civil war or topple Assad. Such a move would restrict Israel's freedom to maneuver across Syria's skies. Peskov said only that Russian Federation was against "groundless" accusations about who was responsible for the attack.

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