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Russia says will make every effort to improve ties with West

17 April 2018
Russia says will make every effort to improve ties with West

In total, 100 Russian diplomats were removed from 18 countries, the biggest Western expulsion of Russian diplomats since the height of the Cold War.

Cruise missiles targeted Al-Dumayr air base east of Damascus, according to the Russian military. -Russian collisions or confrontations in Syrian airspace.

The two countries routinely accuse each other of fabricating events, as they did during the Cold War.

In the hours after American missiles rained down on Syria, Russia made clear it had no plans to respond in kind.

Damascus harshly condemned the bombing, saying it will never bow to the West's attacks on its sovereignty. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

"The worldwide community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life". The cause of the punitive strikes were unverified reports on an alleged chemical attack in Douma, blamed on the Syrian Government. "The use of a nerve agent in the recent weeks is part of a pattern of disregard for these norms". But state TV focused on criticizing the West for acting on the basis of what Moscow called a faked chemical attack. "However, it refused to make the intelligence public, as a lot of this stuff is classified at this point". Moscow has also tempered its tone, saying only that "there will be consequences".

The Russian foreign minister again denied the use of chemical weapons in Douma on 7 April.

Trump was reacting to a warning from Russian Federation that any USA missiles fired at Syria over the deadly assault on a rebel enclave would be shot down and the launch sites targeted.

Analysts say Putin's Syria intervention is part of his effort to turn Russian Federation into an actor known for asserting its interests on a global scale.

The strikes followed the Assad regime allegedly carrying out a chemical attack in Douma, Syria which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others. Here are the main facts about the intervention. "What did take place was the staged thing", he added.

The White House said that despite events in Syria and the poisoning of a spy on British soil, Trump still wanted to sit down with Putin.

The official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Rouhani as saying the US and "some Western countries do not want Syria to reach permanent stability".

The US and Russian militaries have sought to avoid conflict in Syria, notably past year in the Euphrates River Valley where they supported rival sides in the campaign against Islamic State militants.

But she repeated a comment she made Saturday at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council in NY, saying the "locked and loaded" and ready to punish Syria again if it continues using chemical weapons. Some open-ended funds with exposure to Russia were hit even more - for example, the UK's only fund investing exclusively in Russian equities, Neptune Russia and Greater Russia, fell 15.6% over two days.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the USA and its allies "continue to put worldwide politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington".

Any US strike is likely to involve the navy, given the risk to aircraft from Russian and Syrian air defence systems.

Putin condemned Saturday's strikes as an "act of aggression" that will worsen the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and have a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations". "Our job was never to start a war".

Common Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Employees, advised reporters at a Pentagon briefing: "Necessary infrastructure was destroyed which is able to lead to a setback for the Syrian regime".