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U.S. respected Russia's red lines in Syria during air strikes, says Lavrov

U.S. respected Russia's red lines in Syria during air strikes, says Lavrov”

Asked about the assertion that the strikes had only a limited impact, a White House National Security Council spokesman said the goal of the military operation was to hold Syria's government accountable, degrade its capability and deter it from chemical attacks in the future - "all while minimizing civilian casualties".

A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria just hours after unprecedented US-led strikes on regime targets last Saturday, launched in response to the alleged gas attack.

US and French authorities say that the poison gas attack, which killed at least 40 people and injured more than 500, was the work of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In 2013, the group helped identify and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles - at least the ones the Syrian government admitted to having. The US, France and Britain carried out airstrikes against suspected chemical weapons facilities belonging to the Syrian government after concluding that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces were behind the attack, though they have not made that evidence public.

Senior United States officers were not sure how Russian Federation would respond to the airstrikes, despite a frequently used hotline between the two countries to de-conflict and coordinate continuing military operations in Syria.

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He said it was unlikely that the US or allies would gain much access to the sites where the Syrian government reportedly conducted chemical attacks on its own people.

Russia-U.S. relations have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

At the second location, "there was an explosion followed by small-arms fire directed at the UNDSS team and the Russian military police", said the report, adding that the team had returned safely to Damascus.

Moscow had warned the USA before the strike that it could hit back if the US actions jeopardize Russian servicemen in Syria, and the allies had given Russia an advance warning to make sure no Russians were in the line of fire.

The White House on Thursday denied that secretary of defence James Mattis had advised United States president Donald Trump against striking Syria before seeking Congress sanction.

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Journalists visiting Douma on a government-organized tour Monday did not report any security threats.

Assad's regime in February launched a blistering assault on Eastern Ghouta, a semi-rural area within mortar range of central Damascus that had been in opposition hands for six years.

"Indonesia underlines the need for all parties to respect worldwide laws, and norms, in particular the (United Nations) charter on global peace and security", the minister said in an official press statement over the weekend, continuing a line of persistent objections over the unauthorised use of force.

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