Russian Federation warns of "consequences' for Syria strikes"

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The US president claimed that the joint action was meant to establish a "strong deterrent" against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.

"I hope hot heads will cool down and that will be it", he told reporters.

Russia's ambassador to the United States warned that there would be consequences for the attacks early on Saturday, which came in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last weekend.

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 global law".

Following the USA -led strikes, however, "we consider it possible to return to examination of this issue not only in regard to Syria but to other countries as well", Rudskoi said. Russian Federation and its ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use exists in Douma.

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Later Sunday, Trump sent a letter to congressional leaders informing them in writing of his decision to order the strike . The Pentagon said Syria fired 40 surface-to-air missiles, but most were launched after the damage was done.

Meanwhile, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says experts are travelling to Syria and will start investigations on Saturday.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that Moscow received the confidential information from the laboratory in Spiez, Switzerland, that analyzed samples from the site of the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury. Her father remains hospitalized, but British health officials say he is improving. He said "the Cold War is back - with a vengeance but with a difference", because safeguards that managed the risk of escalation in the past, "no longer seem to be present". In a reference to the USA, he said that "it would only benefit those who are protected by the ocean and expect to sit there and engage in continuous efforts to stir up the region in order to advance their geopolitical goals". The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

Russian Federation on Saturday failed to win UN backing for a condemnation of military strikes launched by the United States, Britain and France on Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.

By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft - the US, UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland, and Ivory Coast.

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