Russian envoy warns of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

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The Syrian government and its allies have absorbed a US-led attack on Saturday and the targeted sites were evacuated days ago thanks to a warning from Russian Federation, a senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus said.

Russia's ambassador to the U.S. 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.

Zakharova suggested that Western media bore some responsibility for the strikes, claiming the White House cited "multiple media sources" on the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma.

Russia's ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said that the US, British and French airstrikes will not be left without consequences.

"Again, we are being threatened".

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Confirming her country's involvement in the air strike, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We would have preferred an alternative path".

Antov added that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible". Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad's government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the US, Britain and France got support from only two other countries on the 15-member council - China and Bolivia.

"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

The Russian defence ministry and the Kremlin have yet to make any comment on the strikes announced by US President Donald Trump.

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