Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, told reporters "The situation (in Syria) is very unsafe".
Fears of a military confrontation between Russian Federation and the West ran high on Thursday (April 12), but US President Donald Trump cast doubt over the timing of his threatened strike on Syria in response to a reported poison gas attack on a rebel enclave.
Britain's defence ministry said that while the effectiveness of the strike is still being analyzed, "initial indications are that the precision of the Storm Shadow weapons and meticulous target planning have resulted in a successful attack".
"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said. And France has analyzed, yes, it has happened.
He said: "We hope that there will be no point of no return - that the USA and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state".
The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad.
"His administration may have drafted a Russian Federation policy through the interagency process", said Michael A. McFaul, a former American ambassador to Russian Federation, "but Trump seems completely disconnected from it, like he seems to be on many foreign policies".
Russian officials had said before the suspected gas attack in Douma that rebels in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus were plotting chemical attacks to blame the Syrian government and set the stage for a USA strike. On Monday he said he would decide within 48 hours on a forceful answer to the attack in Syria, later telling reporters: "When, I will not say, because I don't like talking about timing". "We need to know where that's going, what the goal of it is before we take that act".
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned such an attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead of a decision on how to respond to an attack against civilians last weekend that US officials are increasingly certain involved the use of banned chemical weapons. But on Thursday, Trump tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".
At the United Nations meeting, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari warned that Syria would respond if the U.S. moved against his country.
Damascus agreed to hand over its chemical arsenal in 2013, narrowly avoiding American and French air strikes in retaliation for a suspected sarin attack. "This is not a threat". Syria and its main ally Russian Federation deny a chemical attack took place.
He did not say what the evidence was.
Trump and other Western leaders have vowed a quick and forceful response to Saturday's alleged gas attack, which rescue workers say killed more than 40 people.
He said in an address to the nation that he had ordered "precision strikes" against "chemical weapons capabilities" of the Syrian government. Lavrov did not offer evidence to back up his claim.
Weeks before the attack, Russian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov and U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia pushed an extravagant theory that there would be a "false flag" attack, a "pretext" "eagerly provided by the White Helmets' provocateurs".
Syria's attempt to shelter aircraft, perhaps by locating them alongside Russian military hardware that Washington might be reluctant to hit, could limit damage that the U.S. and its allies might be able to inflict on Assad's military. This scenario, he said, "cannot be tolerated. especially in light of the deployment in Syria of the Russian contingent".