Russian Federation warns of `consequences´ after air strikes against Syria

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Last night British, French and American armed forces conducted co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use.

President Bashar al-Assad is warning the West against attacking Syria as President Donald Trump's worldwide allies make preparations to join the United States in any military action against the regime in response to last week's suspected chemical attack.

The British Cabinet has unanimously backed Theresa May's warning that Syria's use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged, leaving the way open for British participation in military action against Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"Cabinet agreed that the Assad regime has a track record of the use of chemical weapons and it is highly likely that the regime is responsible for Saturday's attack", Downing Street said.

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to suggest airstrikes were imminent, warning Russia, Syria's key ally, to "get ready" for military action.

Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.

And on each occasion when we have seen every sign of chemical weapons being used, any attempt to hold the perpetrators to account has been blocked by Russian Federation at the UN Security Council, with six such vetoes since the start of 2017.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the West of "hooliganism" and demanded that it "immediately end its actions against Syria and refrain from them in the future".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a total of three scientific research centers had been hit in the attacks, two in Damascus and one in the Homs area, in addition to military bases in Damascus.

"The situation in Syria is horrific, the use of chemical weapons is something the world has to prevent", British Secretary of State for Exiting the EU David Davis said.

The Syrian government, meanwhile, has denied any involvement in the April 7 incident, which left at least 70 dead and hundreds injured in a town that had been resisting government forces amid a seven-year-war.

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"They agreed that the Assad regime had established a pattern of risky behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons".

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest", she added.

She said: "This is not about intervening in a civil war".

Trump has long criticised his predecessor Barack Obama for failing to enforce a previous USA "red line" in 2013 after earlier chemical attacks blamed on Assad´s forces.

"But right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message to dissuade him, to deter him from doing this again".

May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for the meeting at 3:30pm in Downing Street to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that can not go unchallenged.

The Times and the Daily Telegraph newspapers reported that the cabinet was expected to back May in joining any US-led action.

On 21st August 2013 over 800 people were killed and thousands more injured in a chemical attack also in Ghouta.

"The chemical weapons attack that took place on Saturday in Douma in Syria was a shocking and barbaric act", May told reporters in the central English city of Birmingham.

In an announcement Wednesday, UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres referred to as on the Safety Council to achieve an settlement on the "continued use of chemical weapons" in Syria and cautioned the scenario might rapidly spiral uncontrolled if it did not.

Asked what chemicals were used in the weekend attack, Mattis confirmed that chlorine gas had been used and did not rule out the nerve agent sarin.

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