Britain's United Nations ambassador denies Russian accusation over alleged chemical attack in Syria

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Russia may lose its hard-won share on the global titanium market if the Kremlin stops exports to Boeing, a key Russian producer has warned. She noted in the meeting that Russian Federation "has stopped at nothing to defend the Syrian regime's multiple uses of chemical weapons".

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", the statement went on to say. "They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use", Haley said.

Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the USA, issued a statement on Facebook in response to the strikes on Syria.

The meeting was called by Russian Federation to address US threatened military action in response to last weekend's attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

"We continue to observe unsafe military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state", he said.

Sir, Catherine Philp (Analysis, Apr 13) is right that dark Russian warnings about the danger of direct confrontation in any western strike against Syria's military facilities should be taken with a pinch of salt. He was speaking a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said France had proof there was a chemical attack - also without revealing what that evidence was.

Rudskoi said the U.S. actions in Syria were aimed at destabilising the situation in the region. Moscow alleged soon after the suspected April 7 attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fakes.

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A team of inspectors from the OPCW arrived in Syria on Thursday and yesterday and had been expected to start their investigation into the alleged Douma attack today. Mattis said no additional attacks were planned, though Trump earlier suggested the strikes could last longer. Syrian state media reported the joint operation hit a research centre northeast of the capital as well as other military installations around Damascus, but said missiles targeting army depots in Homs had been intercepted.

Yildirim on Friday again condemned the "heinous" the attack in Douma and said the perpetrators should "pay a price".

She noted that In 2017, Moscow "killed" a Joint Investigative Mechanism, which the United Nations established in 2015 to investigate and assign accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a US strike could lead to a conflict with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted.

On Friday, Russian lawmakers drafted a bill under which the country may ban exports of titanium components to U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

The Kremlin has said it severely condemns the "act of aggression" and has called an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council.

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