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Reports that Damascus prevented OPCW from entering Syria are false - Lavrov

The Kremlin on Saturday (April 14) condemned Western air strikes on Syria, where its armed forces are backing President Bashar al-Assad. "It is bad because by and large this may really ruin the negotiating process as this action [the missile strike against Syria] has sent a strong signal to extremists and militants that everything they are doing is 'right, '" the Russian diplomat said. He went on saying that the West's only justification of its strikes against Syria are reports from media and social networks.

He added: "Nevertheless, even the smallest miscalculation in Syria will again lead to new waves of migrants in Europe and other things that neither us nor our European neighbours need whatsoever".

"First, the Syrian people were subjected to Arab Spring, then Islamic State, now to "smart" American missiles", says Ms Zakharova, according to Russian state media RT.

"You have to be quite abnormal to attack Syria's capital just at the moment when it had a chance for a peaceful future", she wrote.

Zakharova also accused the U.S. and other mainstream media of inciting the attack, noting that the White House's decision to launch a strike was based on media reports, photo and video shared on the Internet and spread online. The Russians accused the White Helmets and "other pseudo-humanitarian organizations headquartered in the United Kingdom and U.S." of working "hand in glove with terrorists" to provoke military action against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

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Syrian surface to air missile batteries had attempted to fire back, but there were no initial reports of allied losses, he added. He said the targets selected by U.S., British and French officials were meant to minimize civilian casualties.

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"All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris", he said in a statement, adding, "the worst apprehensions have come true".

The United States, Britain and France said the strikes were in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

The Russian Defence Ministry said Saturday that none of the Western strikes in Syria had hit areas near to Russia's air and naval bases.

Separately, Russia's Defence Ministry said the majority of missiles fired during the overnight attack on Syria by U.S., British and French forces were intercepted by Syrian government air defence systems, TASS news agency reported.

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