United Nations chief Guterres calls for restraint after strikes on Syria

UN chief Antonio Guterres | File AP

UN chief Antonio Guterres | File AP

Earlier Friday, the US announced it had "very high confidence" that the Assad regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack last weekend.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the use of chemical weapon against civilians in a Damascus suburb is "unforgivable" but says Turkey is urging all sides to refrain from actions that will cause further turmoil in Syria. He says Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication". Mr Lavrov did not offer evidence to back up his claim.

US President Donald Trump said the joint action was meant to establish a "strong deterrent" against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons. "We have irrefutable data that this was staged", Lavrov said during a Friday press conference.

Russian Federation has requested a United Nations meeting in NY later in the day, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Mr Nebenzia said Russian Federation was very concerned with "the risky escalation" of the situation and "aggressive policies" and preparations that some governments were making.

"Having the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad preside over global chemical and nuclear-weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women's shelter", said Neuer. He was referring to the three countries' efforts to reduce violence in Syria.

"I have repeatedly expressed my deep disappointment that the Security Council failed to agree on a dedicated mechanism for effective accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria", his statement said. Britain also scheduled an emergency cabinet meeting.

Nasharudin said GMMF concurred with the statement made by the UN Secretary-General, H.E. Antonio Guterres who stated that the situation has become a threat to worldwide peace and security, with Syria representing the most serious of threats, and that there is no military solution to the conflict.

The OPCW said the investigators would start work on Saturday (local time).

Eight people, including four police personnel - a head constable, a sub-inspector and two special police officers - have been arrested in the case and charges filed against seven of them.

The Cold War, which followed the Allied victory in World War Two, saw the U.S. and its allies facing off for decades with the Soviet Union, of which Russian Federation is the main successor state.

Meanwhile, the Russian defense ministry said the Syrian regime flag was flying in Douma - the target of Saturday's attack - which it said indicated government forces have taken full control over the formerly rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

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