He said BZ was part of chemical arsenals of the U.S., Britain and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, while the Soviet Union and Russian Federation never developed the agent.
She told the council that President Donald Trump "has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria, but should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree". But reading between the lines, there was a second message: The incoming cruise missiles did not cross the threshold that would provoke a military response against Western forces.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated Friday that chemical weapons were used in an attack in Syria that left scores dead and she blamed Russian Federation for complicity, as the Trump administration continues to weigh how to retaliate and Russian Federation maintains its denial that the attack took place.
Alexander Sherin, deputy head of the State Duma's defense committee, said Trump "can be called Adolf Hitler No. 2 of our time - because, you see, he even chose the time that Hitler attacked the Soviet Union".
There is a heightened "danger of escalation" because of the Russian military presence in Syria, Nebenzia said after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY.
Russian Federation wants experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to go to Syria as "quickly as possible", with the Kremlin providing help, she added.
A senior administration official told reporters in a briefing the sanctions had been under review for some time but were not imposed exclusively in response to a single event.
The strikes also appear to leave Assad firmly in control and with his Russian backing intact.
Damascus agreed to hand over its chemical arsenal in 2013, narrowly avoiding American and French air strikes in retaliation for a suspected sarin attack.
He noted that the Russian and US militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it's not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.
Calling the airstrikes an "act of aggression", the Russian leader said Saturday that strikes had a "destructive for the entire system of global relations" and will exacerbate the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, according to a statement posted to the Kremlin's web site.
"It was palpable, the fear", said Vladimir Frolov, an independent foreign-policy analyst in Moscow.
While Trump told military leaders just 10 days ago to withdraw US troops from Syria as soon as possible, his actions on Friday place the U.S.at risk of being dragged into the ongoing civil war.
"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".
Trump is analyzing situation over Syria
The Kremlin spokesman is warning the USA and its allies against any steps that could destabilize the situation in Syria. Trump has claimed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's administration has used chemical weapons.
McKenzie described one site, the Barzah Research and Development Center, near Damascus, as a "core" facility for Syria's chemical weapons program. The wars for the American Israeli, and Saudi proxy terrorist groups are pretty much over for them, it's pretty much lost. "I can't go beyond that", Sanders told reporters.
The rhetoric from Syria's backers was harsh.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu official twitter account reported that he spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and reiterated that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria.
Despite the tension, there were signs of a global effort to head off a direct confrontation between Russian Federation and the West.
Trump, who has often said a commander in chief should never telegraph his military intentions, apparently did so himself, tweeting that missiles "will be coming" in response to the suspected chemical attack that killed at least 40 people near Damascus.
"Did a chemical weapons attack happen?" They will collect soil samples and talk to witnesses in attempts to pin down what occurred.
Russia's Defense Ministry said the allied missiles struck outside of Russia's area of responsibility in Syria, so Russian air defense systems did not respond, Russia's RIA Novosti reorted.
The Syrian foreign ministry accused the United States, which has supported some rebel groups in Syria's conflict, of using "fabrications and lies" as an excuse to hit its territory. "Could not have had a better result".
The assault came despite the lack of a definitive independent finding that chemical weapons were used or who had deployed them.
On the ground in Syria, rebels and civilians were evacuating from Douma on Friday after anti-regime fighters in Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons and their leader left the enclave.
"Nothing is certain in these kinds of matters".
The allies reportedly had conclusive evidence that Syria used chemical weapons on its own people. "We did not coordinate targets".
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the only communications that took place between the USA and Russian Federation before the operation were "the normal deconfliction of the airspace, the procedures that are in place for all of our operations in Syria".