Russian envoy warns of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

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"They are hard for us, but will do more damage to the United States of America and Europe", RIA quoted Serebrennikov as saying.

Russian Federation has condemned US, UK and French strikes against targets in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons as the Western allies argued they were essential to deter the future use of illegal munitions.

Syria's air defence system, which mostly consists of systems made in the Soviet Union, has intercepted 71 of the missiles fired on Saturday by the U.S., British and French forces, he added.

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov on Friday warned that the USA strikes on Syria "will not be left without consequences". "The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked", foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook.

"Again, we are being threatened".




"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.

Antov added that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

The action followed a week of threats of retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

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

Moscow on Saturday strongly criticized the joint the USA, United Kingdom and France airstrikes targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons in Syria.

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