Syria airstrikes by USA grossly breach UN Charter: Putin

The Security Council meets at United Nations headquarters Monday

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned against any further escalation after the USA, U.K., and France jointly launched airstrikes targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons capabilities in Syria.

During a press briefing on Friday, Mr Lavrov said he had "irrefutable evidence" that the attack was staged as part of a "Russophobic campaign" led by one country, which he did not name.

The UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting after Russia's UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia raised concerns over the "the unsafe escalation" of the situation in Syria. It "could be very soon or not so soon at all", he said.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Friday global relations should not depend "on the mood of someone on the other side of the ocean when he wakes up", in apparent reference to Mr Trump.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Washington estimates that Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad's forces have used chemical weapons at least 50 times during the seven-year-long conflict.

Despite the deadlock in the Security Council, OPCW has said that it would shortly send a team to Syria to "establish the facts" surrounding the incident.

The UN emergency meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday evening.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for restraint and for countries to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation in Syria after the United States, France and Britain carried out strikes.

Negotiations on the draft resolution are set to begin on Monday, but diplomats said it remained unclear when the council would vote on the proposal.

The Kremlin said on Friday in its readout of the phone call between the two presidents that Putin and Macron agreed to ask their foreign policy chiefs to "keep in close contact" to "de-escalate" the situation in Syria.

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

"The conditions do not point to a total war happening. unless Trump and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu completely lose their minds", he said.

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.

Russia, in addition to tossing out unproven allegations against Britain, alleged the West was feigning outrage over the attack as a cover for a plan to overthrow Assad's government.

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