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Russia: “Serious repercussions” if Syria is hit by a Western military strike

UNITED NATIONS (OBSERVATORY) –┬áRussia warned on Monday of “serious repercussions” if Syria was hit by a military strike that threatened Western countries, led by the United States, to the Syrian regime in retaliation for a presumed chemical attack on the opposition city of Duma in Damascus.

“We call on Westerners to abandon the rhetoric of war,” Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nibenzia told a UN Security Council emergency session on Saturday, adding that there had been “no chemical attack” on Saturday and “no evidence” of such an attack.

“The use of military force under a false pretext against Syria, where Russian forces have been deployed at the request of the legitimate government of a country, can lead to serious repercussions,” he said.

The Russian ambassador stressed that Russian experts on the ground in Syria had found no evidence of the use of sarin or chlorine gas, stressing that Moscow and Damascus are demanding the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to send investigators to the Duma and are ready to facilitate the task of these investigators.

He accused Western countries of pursuing a “confrontation policy” and using “defamation, insults, rhetoric, extortion, sanctions and threats of force.”

The statement came shortly after US President Donald Trump announced that he would make a decision on military action in Syria within hours as part of Washington’s response to the “ugly attack on innocent Syrians with banned chemical weapons.”

Trump, in his capacity as supreme commander of the armed forces last year, launched a missile strike on the airport of Syrian poetic after seeing terrible images of civilians poisoned with sarin gas.