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Russian Ambassador Warns of 'Consequences' of Syrian Strike

Russian Ambassador Warns of 'Consequences' of Syrian Strike
Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the U.S. (AP)

By    |   Friday, 13 April 2018 11:33 PM

The Russian ambassador to the U.S. warned Friday of "consequences" after strikes on Syrian chemical-weapons operations, saying that "all responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris."

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented," Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said in a statement. "Again, we are being threatened.

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

President Donald Trump said Friday that he had ordered airstrikes on Syria with forces from France and the U.K. in retaliation from the April 7 chemical attack by President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons," Trump told the nation in a speech from the Oval Office. "Establishing this deterrent is a vital interest of the United States."

Defense Secretary James Mattis said the strike doubled the size of last year's efforts, adding that Trump had the authority to order the offensive under the Constitution.

Army Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the strikes began at 9 p.m. Eastern time and hit three selected targets that either developed, tested or stored Assad's chemical weapons.

The sites were specifically chosen to mitigate damage to Russian forces or operations, Dunford said.

Russia has contended that the April 7 attack, which killed as many as 60 people, was "staged" by the U.K.

In his statement, Antonov said that the United States, "the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons, has no moral right to blame other countries."

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The Russian ambassador to the U.S. warned Friday of "consequences" after strikes on Syrian chemical-weapons operations, saying that "all responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris."
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