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17 April 2018, 05:45 | Dale Webster
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Confirming her country's involvement in the air strike, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We would have preferred an alternative path". He added that Washington seems determined to take military action in Syria and this is unsafe.
Last month the Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the US power grid.
While Trump himself remained silent on Syria on Friday, Macron - who has said France has proof that Assad's government used chemical weapons in the attack in Douma - spoke by phone with Putin.
Speaking of Assad and his suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man".
The attack caused worldwide outrage and prompted the USA and its allies to consider a military response.
"Even non-significant incidents would lead to new waves of migrants to Europe and to other consequences, which neither we nor our European neighbours need", Lavrov said.
It was unclear what the approach might mean for Russian and Iranian forces in Syria.
She noted that In 2017, Moscow "killed" a Joint Investigative Mechanism, which the United Nations established in 2015 to investigate and assign accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria.
Since taking office previous year, Trump has tried to build stronger ties with Putin.
As fears of a Russia confrontation with Western powers mount, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, said his country have been tracking the activity for close to a year and can independently verify the campaign and its attribution to the Russian government.
Thursday:Russia's Embassy to Britain tweeted that the chemical attack was "fake" and an attempt to stage a provocation by Syrian extremists and their foreign backers. After months of criticism that Trump was being soft on Putin, the USA president pulled no punches with a Tweet on Sunday: "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad". Our allies know who did this.
"When we see malicious cyber activity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other malicious actors, we're going to push back", Joyce said. "On the one hand, not hitting Assad harder would be a sign of weakness". "The NCSC is leading the way globally to issue advice and automate defences at scale to remove those basic attacks, thereby allowing us to focus on the most potent threats", he said.
Sergey Lavrov said Russian experts had already inspected the site of the attack and found no trace of chemical weapons, adding that Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".
Since 2015 France has carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria as part of allied forces linked to the USA -led coalition, conducting about 5 percent of total coalition air missions.
Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, on Friday accused Russian Federation of lies and covering up for Assad, which she said had used chemical weapons at least 50 times in the past seven years of warfare.
"Many of the techniques used by Russian Federation exploit basic weaknesses in network systems".
In his first days in his job, Bolton has quickly assumed the role of "quarterbacking" the policy part of Syria strategy.
"Our President has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria".
According to Reuters, US and British authorities told reporters this week that Russian-financed computer experts have been waging a cyber war against the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations going back to 2016.
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