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15 April 2018, 09:56 | Opal Carroll
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As chemical weapons experts arrived in Syria to investigate a suspected poison gas attack by government forces, global diplomacy was in high gear to head off an escalation, though accusations flew thick and fast between Washington and its allies, and Russia, Assad's main backer.
The White Helmets, a civil defense agency, blamed the Assad regime for the alleged chemical attack, which it said killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.
Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the U.S, issued a statement on Facebook in response to the strikes on Syria.
Overnight, US, British and French forces launched more than 100 missiles from ships and manned aircraft, targeting three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities.
"No CW traces, no victims to be found anywhere, but plenty of empty words and accusations", said Zakharova.
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The US and its allies believe the Syrian regime was behind the attack, but Russian Federation has long insisted it was staged by rebels in an attempt to provoke further Western intervention.
Looking back, it's not clear how effective last year's strikes were.
Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, told reporters "The situation (in Syria) is very risky".
Russia's foreign ministry said Syria had been attacked just as it had a chance for peace. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", he told reporters. -Russian showdown. Apart from Macron's phone conversation with Putin, NATO members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action. He asked U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call an open meeting of the U.N. Security Council for Friday. "The footage that was shown was clearly staged", he added, according to Bloomberg.
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