Russia likely to call United Nations meeting over Syria attack: Russian lawmaker

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington U.S

The United States, France and Britain fired 105 missiles overnight in retaliation, targeting Syria's chemical weapons program.

Stepping up the pressure on Syria's president, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated the sanctions to be announced Monday would be aimed at sending a message to Russian Federation, which she said has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

But the vote at the end of an emergency meeting called by Russian Federation also demonstrated again the paralysis of the UN's most powerful body in dealing with Syria's seven-year conflict.

The Russia-drafted resolution won three votes at the Security Council, far below the nine votes required for adoption. Russian UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said after the vote.

She said she authorized British forces to join in the strikes after intelligence indicated Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's government was responsible for an attack using chemical weapons in the Damascus suburb of Douma a week ago.

The Russian military said it hasn't engaged its air defense assets at its air and naval bases in Syria.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council "there is clear information demonstrating Assad's culpability".

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the strike on Syria "an act of aggression" against a sovereign state and said Russia strongly condemns it.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley stressed.

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"We are defending the principle, which is that it is unacceptable to use chemical weapons anywhere, ever", said the American Ambassador. He accused the United States, France and Britain of "demonstrating a blatant disregard for global law".

"The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", he added.

There were no immediate plans for more attacks, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said. "If we continue on this path, we will soon reach the diplomacy of the absurd".

"There is every reason to believe that after the USA strikes on Syria, the Americans will be eager to move to a strategic dialogue", Interfax news agency quoted Vladimir Ermakov, head of the foreign ministry's department for non-proliferation and arms control, as saying.

But Kosachyov said Russia's response "should be not military but legal", focused on the United Nations, RIA Novosti reported. "I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today", he said.

Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the global affairs committee in the upper house of Parliament, said the strikes appeared to have been aimed at preventing an investigation of the alleged chemical-weapons attack that Washington cited as the justification.

The council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

It seeks answers from Syria on gaps in its chemical weapons declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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