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Russian Federation slams joint airstrikes in Syria

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Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 21:53

Meanwhile, Russia's Embassy to the United Kingdom tweeted a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, that denied there was any evidence of a chemical attack.

Russia's foreign ministry said today that Western strikes on Syria came as the country had "a chance of a peaceful future." the Russian government's response came after U.S., United Kingdom and France launched precision strikes on Syrian chemical research and storage facilities in the capital city of Damascus.

The strikes were a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma last weekend which killed dozens of civilians.

There are allegations that the center may have been involved in the production of chemical weapons. Assad and his close ally, Russia, have denied government forces ever used such weapons. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

Striking a conciliatory note, Macron's office said: "The President of the Republic called for dialogue with Russian Federation to be maintained and stepped up to bring peace and stability back to Syria".

According to Syrian medics and a statement by the World Health Organisation, more than 40 people died in an April 7 strike on the former rebel outpost of Douma of symptoms consistent with the use of chemical weapons. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", he told reporters.

Putin also said Russian military experts did not find any traces of chlorine gas or other poisonous substances in Douma. He asked U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call an open meeting of the U.N. Security Council for Friday.

Assad, who is supported by Iranian-back fighters as well as the Russian air force, has cemented his control over most of the western, more heavily populated, part of the country.