Lavrov said Russian experts have already inspected the site of the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical weapons, adding without elaboration that Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication". "No final decision has been made", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, adding that Trump would confer with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said after the vote.
The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East yesterday but there was no clear sign that a United States-led attack was imminent.
Late Friday night, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S., United Kingdom and France jointly launched strikes targeting the Assad regime's chemical weapons capabilities after a suspected chemical attack killed dozens outside of Damascus.
The Foreign Ministry also claimed that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were allegedly found there.
"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience", he told a news conference yesterday.More news: US and allies punish Assad with strikes
Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of Hezbollah, told Lebanese daily Al-Joumhouria: "The conditions do not point to a total war happening. unless Trump and (Israeli leader Benjamin) Netanyahu completely lose their minds".
"The military operation was necessary and appropriate to preserve the effectiveness of the global ban on the use of chemical weapons and to warn the Syrian regime of further violations", she said in a statement voicing support for the joint US, UK and French action.
Some national leaders appeared anxious to avert a showdown between the U.S. and Russian Federation.
Experts from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, were en route to the alleged chemical weapons attack site in Douma before the joint military strike was launched. Russian Federation also calls it "fabricated".
Donald Trump was quick to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin was responsible for the chemical attack, because he supported the Syrian government.More news: Trump declares 'mission achieved' after strike on Syria
The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and unsafe actions ... that would have consequences beyond conjecture".
On Wednesday, the US President said the missiles were "coming", but on Thursday he tweeted that he had "never said when". An attack, the president said "could be very soon or not so soon at all!"
Syria's Foreign Ministry called on the worldwide community "to strongly condemn this aggression", warning it would "pose a threat to global peace and security as a whole", in a statement published by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency.
"We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies", it added.
On the ground in Syria, rebels in Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons and their leader left the enclave, signaling the end of one of the bloodiest assaults of the seven-year war and a major win for the Assad regime.More news: Pravin Togadia quits VHP after his nominee loses election for president