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Most rockets in Western attacks on Syria were intercepted - Russian Federation

16 April 2018

Syria ally Russian Federation has warned of "consequences" following the launch of US-led strikes against Bashar al-Assad's regime in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack. At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the United States and its allies over a suspected gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

Haley also said that Russian Federation used its veto power to protect the Assad regime and prevented the punishment of those who use chemical weapons in Syria.

Russian Federation on Saturday called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as Moscow said it would consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria following USA -led strikes.

Russia's Ministry of Defense says the airstrikes, which began overnight around 2am Irish time, were not in retaliation to the alleged chemical attack in Douma, which killed at least 12 people, including children.

Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has responded angrily to the strikes, while Syrian state media called them a "flagrant violation of worldwide law".

Russia's foreign ministry said that Western strikes on Syria came as the country had "a chance of a peaceful future".

Earlier on Saturday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was left with "no alternative path" but to order the air strikes.

Russia's defence ministry was set to hold a briefing for journalists at around 12300 IST.

"The insult of the Russian president is unacceptable: the USA - the owner of the largest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", the diplomat concluded.

'We would have preferred an alternative path.

Most rockets in Western attacks on Syria were intercepted - Russian Federation