Russia and Iran Warn After U.S. Strikes in Syria: There Will Be 'Consequences'

Russia's U.S. ambassador: With largest chemical arsenal in the world, the U.S. has no moral right to blame another country ■ Iran says attacks will have regional implications

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Ankara, Turkey, April 4, 2018
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Ankara, Turkey, April 4, 2018Credit: Tolga Bozoglu/AP

Russia's ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said in response to precision air strikes by the U.S., France and Britain in Syria Saturday that "All the responsibility for these consequences will fall on Washington, London and Paris."

"The U.S., a country with the largest arsenal of chemical weapons, has no moral right to blame other countries," he said, adding that the attacks were a threat to Moscow.

Also responding to the attacks, Iran warned of "regional consequences," the AFP reported.

The Russian embassy in the U.S. released a statement saying "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences," adding that Washington, Paris and London will be held accountable for them.

"Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissble," said the statement. "The U.S. - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries."

In a televised speech from the White House, Trump said "To Iran, and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"

With the strike, U.S. President Donald Trump challenges Syria's two main allies over their association with the gas attack believed to have been conducted by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Among the eight reported targets attacked were military bases, research institutes and chemical weapons storage facilities in Syria.

State media outlets in Syria have reported that the attacks are "a flagrant violation of international law and demonstrate the contempt of these countries for this law." Syrian television broadcast pictures from the center of Damascus, Aleppo and other cities that showed routine despite the attacks.

Waving Syrian flags and pictures of Bashar al-Assad, some Syrians went to Al-Amawin Square in Damascus and praised their leader in denunciation of the attack.

The Syrian opposition told the DFA news agency that the attacks led by the United States were a message to the Russian administration and to the Iranians, "who proved that the Western powers could act as equals to the UN Security Council."

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