'Complete nonsense': How Russian media covered the air strikes in Syria

Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko arrives for a press conference at his residence in London Friday

The US, Britain and France launched airstrikes against multiple places in Syria early Saturday following US President Donald Trump's order despite global warnings against further escalation of the situation in the Arab country and across the Middle East.

Russian Federation and the United States dramatically faced off in a UN Security Council session, hours after US, French and British forces launched missiles at Assad's chemical weapons stockpile.

The Russian measure would have condemned the "aggression" against Syria and demanded that the three allies refrain from any further strike.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said coordinated air strikes on Syria by the United States, France and Britain on Saturday were a crime that would bring no benefit.

"A perfectly executed strike last night. Tonight, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom enforced that line". Could not have had a better result. "There won't be anything, or anyone, even close!"

A rebel-held stronghold near the town of Douma was hit with chemical weapons last weekend, killing scores of men, women and children, according to first responders and global observers.

The attack is believed to have been ordered by the Syrian government, spearheaded by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, and those responsible must be held accountable".

Russia, meanwhile, demanded a vote on a United Nations resolution that would condemn "the aggression" against Syria by the USA and its allies.

State media published images of a cloud of reddish smoke hanging over the capital and said that air defences were activated to block the attack.

Defense Secretary James Mattis, new national security adviser John Bolton, Vice President Mike Pence and USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley were all involved in the decision to strike Syria, Reuters reports.

That inquiry ended in November after Russian Federation, which backs Assad, blocked three attempts by the U.N. Security Council to renew its mandate.

"At this critical juncture, I call on all member states to act consistently with the charter of the United Nations and with worldwide law, including the norms against chemical weapons", he said.

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the first was at a scientific research centre in greater Damascus, involved in the development and production of chemical warfare. Our warnings have been left unheard.

"Again, we are being threatened", Antonov continued.

"Such action could have unsafe consequences, threatening the security and stability of the region and giving terrorism another opportunity to expand after it was ousted from Iraq and forced into Syria to retreat to a large extent", it said. "All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris".

Russian leader Vladimir Putin reaffirmed the Kremlin's skepticism about the allies' Douma claim, saying Russian military experts had found no trace of the attack.

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows smoke, rising after US -led airstrikes targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons early Saturday.

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