UN rejects Russian attempt to condemn Syria airstrikes

Defiant crowds gathered in Damascus to wave Syrian flags and dance

Defiant crowds gathered in Damascus to wave Syrian flags and dance Hassan Ammar AP

"Putin stressed that if such actions, committed in violation of the UN Charter, continue, it will inevitably lead to chaos in worldwide relations", RIA added.

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said there were now no plans for further attacks in Syria after Britain and its allies France and the U.S. launched air strikes on the regime's chemical weapons facilities.

Putin made his remarks in a telephone conversation with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani after the United States, France and Britain launched missile strikes on Syria on Saturday over a suspected poison gas attack. The military assault was a response to the chemical gas attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week in which 42 people reportedly died and many others, according to images and video, were left gasping for breath and foaming at the mouth. Moscow condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for their findings before attacking.

He added that the Him Shinshar chemical-weapons bunker facility near Homs was targeted with seven missiles and was "successfully hit". The Pentagon says destroying the facility sets the Syrian chemical weapons program back several years.

He also did not rule out further attacks against Syria if the Assad regime continued the alleged use of chemical weapons. A sarin attack in 2013 was also what almost brought then-President Barack Obama to strike Syria.

We have to be very conscious of the fact that we can not allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons.

For adoption, a resolution requires at least nine votes in favor on the condition that none of the permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States - votes against.

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Speaking on the BBC on April 15, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that the strikes were about saying "enough is enough" over what he called the "barbaric" use of chemical weapons.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced Monday against Russian Federation for enabling Assad's government to continue using chemical weapons.

'I appeal again to all the political leaders, so that justice and peace prevail, ' he said in his weekly address to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square.

The supply of Russian air defence systems was not discussed, agencies reported, but Assad accepted an invitation to visit the Siberian region of Khanty-Mansi in Russia.

Say said working with refugees has not only touched her life, but it's also helped shape her views on foreign affairs.

A photograph released Sunday by DigitalGlobe, an American company that specializes in space imaging, appears to show what remains of the Barzah Research and Development Center in Damascus after being struck.

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