Damascus defiant after US-led strikes on Syrian government installations

Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during an awarding ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow Russia

Russia's President Putin delivers a speech during an awarding ceremony in Moscow Thomson Reuters

- Russian President Putin says strike on Syria by United States and its allies will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

Behind closed doors, Trump pushed for a more aggressive response than the one taken previous year, wanting options that would involve attacks on targets in Syria associated with Russian Federation and Iran, officials said.

Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime".

Russian Federation called the council meeting to challenge the West over the legality of the military action.

Syrian state TV said the army's air defences shot down 13 missiles fired in a US-led attack in the Kiswah area south of the capital Damascus.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia called for a vote during the meeting on the measure that condemns the "aggression" against Syria and demands that the allies refrain from any further military strikes.

Mrs Merkel said the strikes were needed "to maintain the effectiveness of the global rejection of chemical weapons use and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations".

Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program.

Trump said Assad's recent attack was a fallout of Russia's "failure" to keep the promise of eliminating Syria's chemical weapons.

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It will provide the proofs that the actions by the United States and its allies, which joined this awful action, are illegal. Russian Federation and the United States are using their channels of communications on Syria, according to Lavrov.

It was the site where some of the 110 U.S., French and British missiles hit Syria in the early morning hours, according to a Syrian military statement. Trump called the mission "accomplished".

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night. U.S. Representative Peter Roskam, a Republican, praised Trump's action saying in a statement, "Assad must pay a price for ruthlessly slaughtering his own citizens with chemical weapons".

Syrian state media reported only three people injured, while Russia's Defense Ministry said there were "no victims" among Syrian civilians and military personnel.

While the Pentagon acknowledged that the Syrian military fired more than 40 surface-to-air missiles, McKenzie said most of the missiles were launched after the USA -led strike.

He reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was a fake. "I believe it might strengthen the role of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad", Zebari said.

"No other group" could have carried out the attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal".

Mr. Assad, who has denied ever using chemical weapons against his opponents, responded to the strikes with a defiant vow.

But the USA appears to have anticipated Russia's rhetoric and Defense Secretary James Mattis warned of "a significant disinformation campaign over the coming days by those who have aligned themselves with the Assad regime".

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