Strikes hit Syria as country had 'chance for peaceful future': Moscow

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Strikes hit Syria as country had 'chance for peaceful future': Moscow

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 United States launches an attack on Syria early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Three sites were hit in Syria overnight - two in Damascus and one in Homs - all of which were linked to the storage, or alleged testing of chemical weapons.

Syria and its ally Russia have denied such an attack took place, and Moscow has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Russia's foreign ministry said that Western strikes on Syria came as the country had "a chance of a peaceful future".

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

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook: "Those behind all this claim moral leadership in the world and declare they are exceptional".

Earlier in the day, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said that Russia might consider sale of the S-300 systems to Damascus following US-led strikes against Syria.

"Again, we are being threatened. If we do not want our soldiers and officers to die, if we do not want, say, some large-scale wars with the loss of civilians, everything is very simple: the S-300 system", he added.

US President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House late on Friday.

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

Following the USA -led strikes, however, "we consider it possible to return to examination of this issue not only in regard to Syria but to other countries as well", Rudskoi said.

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