North Atlantic Treaty Organisation backs Syria strikes, United Nations appeals for restraint

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has expressed support for the USA -led strike against Syria, calling it essential to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention. The allies put the blame of the attack on Damascus, while the Syrian leadership denied any involvement in the use of chemical weapons.

Despite sustained diplomatic efforts, the Syrian regime continues to use chemical weapons against its own people.

Vladimir Putin said the strikes were an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive" influence on worldwide relations.

"The three Allies stressed that a significant body of information indicated that the Syrian regime was responsible for the horrendous attack against civilians in Douma on 7 April, which killed a large number of children, women and men".

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Stoltenberg will give a press briefing after the meeting. This legally questionable action risks escalating further, as US Defence Secretary James Mattis has admitted, an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely'.

"Saudi Arabia fully supports the strikes launched by the United States, France and Britain against Syria because they represent a response to the regime's crimes", a foreign ministry statement said.

French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Saturday said Russian Federation was warned ahead of joint US, UK, French air strike on Syria.

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