Strikes on Syria did not hit areas near Russian bases: Moscow

'Consequences' for Syria strike: Russia

'Consequences' for Syria strike: Russia

Russian Federation is likely to call for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss US, British and French air strikes on Syria, one of its lawmakers says.

Damascus skies erupt with service to air missile fire as the USA launches an attack on Syria early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

U.S., British and French forces pounded Syria with more than 100 missiles early on Saturday in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Russian defence ministry said today that none of the Western strikes in Syria had hit areas covered by Russia's air defences around its air base and naval facility.

"First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State, now smart American rockets".

"Again, we are being threatened", Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said in a statement.

"The insult of the Russian president is unacceptable: the U.S. - the owner of the largest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries", the diplomat concluded.

In remarks made on her official social media account, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zaharova said: "Those behind it lay claim to moral leadership in this world and declare their exclusiveness and uniqueness".

Huge blasts were reported around Damascus early on Saturday, moments after the US, France, and Britain announced they were striking Syria's chemical weapons capabilities.

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

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.

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