Vladimir Putin warns of global 'chaos' if West attacks Syria again

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Vladimir Putin warns of global 'chaos' if West attacks Syria again

US President Donald Trump is still willing to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite increasing tensions between the United States and Russia, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said.

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the U.N. Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in global relations", the Kremlin statement said.

Mr Putin denounced "with the utmost firmness" the strikes which he described as "an act of aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism". "All issues related to the status of the Palestinian territories, including the Jerusalem problem, need to be tackled through direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on a generally recognised worldwide legal basis, including the relevant resolutions passed by the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly and also the Arab Peace Initiative endorsed by the Arab League", the Russian president noted. "We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faced worldwide criticism for an alleged chemical attack involving chlorine gas on April 7 in the suburb of Douma.

Western governments said Assad was responsible for the use of internationally prohibited weapons, though the Syrian and Russian governments denied any involvement in the attack.

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Trump had said "mission accomplished" on Twitter after the strikes, though US Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie at the Pentagon acknowledged elements of the program remain and he could not guarantee that Syria would be unable to conduct a chemical attack in the future. Following the chemical attack, on April 14, the US, UK and France dropped more than 100 bombs near Syrian capital on targets believed to be associated with manufacturing or harbouring chemical weapons.

Though Israel has at times urged stronger U.S. involvement against Assad and his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements in Syria, it voiced backing for Saturday's air strikes by Western powers.

Following yesterday's air strikes, British foreign minister Boris Johnson has said western powers will study "options" if Syria's government again uses chemical weapons, but nothing is planned as yet. Also Read: US, allies attack Syria; Iran warns of regional consequences: Top updates Merkel and Erdogan also exchanged views on the possibilities of promoting the political process in Syria, according to Seibert, who added the two leaders also discussed bilateral relations.

Putin and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani spoke on the phone and agreed that the air strikes executed by the U.S., Britain, and France on Saturday damaged the chances for political solution in Syria, according to a statement from the Kremlin, Reuters reported.

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