Russia's ambassador to the United States on Friday warned that there would be consequences for the US-led military strikes on Syria, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president.
Anti-aircraft fire is seen over Damascus, Syria early April 14, 2018.
"Not one of the cruise missiles released by the USA and its allies entered the zone of responsibility of Russian air defences protecting facilities in Tartus and Hmeimim", the ministry said in a statement carried by the RIA Novosti state news agency, referring to the locations of Russia's naval facility in Tartus and its Hmeimim air base.
MOSCOW - The Russian military says that an alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged and directed by Britain.
According to Interfax news agency, Russia's defense ministry also said that Syria intercepted the USA and allied attacks using Soviet-produced hardware, including the Buk missile system.
The investigators, who are mandated to determine only if chemical weapons were used and not who used them, were expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based organization said.
Trump himself appeared on Thursday to cast doubt on at least the timing of any US -led military action, tweeting: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place". Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Western intervention in Syria would "lead to new waves of migrants to Europe".
One senior official said Trump has asked his military to consider options that would include punishing Russian Federation and Iran, Syria's main foreign backers, in part over the president's growing level of exasperation with Putin.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by Russia Friday that "there is no military solution to the conflict".
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Russia's United Nations ambassador warned that US-led strikes could lead to a confrontation between the world's two preeminent nuclear powers.
Any U.S. strike would probably involve the Navy.
"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.
Across Western capitals opposition to military action also grew. "Our intelligence tells us otherwise".
"The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons".
The capture of Douma has clinched a major victory for Assad, crushing what was once a centre of the insurgency near Damascus, and underlines his unassailable position in the war.
Russian Federation has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has helped turn the tide of war in his favor since entering the conflict in September 2015.
He met his national security team later in the day and "no final decision has been made", the White House said in a statement.