Germany says it has to assume Russian Federation behind recent cyber attack

Charlene Craig
April 16, 2018

The Washington Post reported that Trump explained to administration officials that the US would "match" the number of expulsions doled out by European allies in the wake of a chemical attack on an ex-Russian spy living in the United Kingdom.

Tensions before the strikes were high, as the potential of the United States or its allies hitting Russian forces could lead to an escalation of the conflict.

"The situation is being analysed right now".

The United States, France and Britain defended their military action as legal during the Security Council meeting.

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The council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

The strikes were a response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma last weekend which killed dozens of civilians.

At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the USA and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

Russia, which has backed the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has joined Damascus in denying an attack even took place - even though USA authorities have declared it did with near certainty. Moscow has also tempered its tone, saying only that "there will be consequences".

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"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter.

"Once again, we demand an immediate stop to aggression and refrain from the illegal use of force in the future", he said.

Mission accomplished, declared US President Donald Trump as he praised the "perfectly executed" airstrikes against the Syrian regime. In his speech announcing military action in Syria, Trump pointedly asked: "What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?"

Ambassador Antonov said: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

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It seeks answers from Syria on gaps in its chemical weapons declaration to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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