A command center made up of forces of Russia, Iran and militia supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the strike crossed "red lines" and they would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally.
"Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand in glove with the terrorists". "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack".
A Syrian child receives treatment following a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, on 4 April 2017. "They were there. So we'll find out", Trump said.
Lavrov that Moscow has asked Washington about the objective of the buildup and received assurances they were there to cut supply lines between the Islamic State group factions in Syria and Iraq.
Turkey and the United Kingdom said tests showed Sarin or a Sarin-like substance was used in Khan Sheikhoun, which would be the first time since 2013 that a prohibited chemical had been used on such a scale.
Claiming that there are " a lot of fake videos now", he insisted that his government gave up all chemical weapons in 2013.
"We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun". "Were they dead at all".
A Syrian official says the government will restore its control over the two towns evacuated of opposition and rebel fighters, as part of a swap deal that also freed residents of two pro-government areas.
He said his forces had not been diminished by the USA strike.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) told Tucker Carlson that he remains unconvinced that Assad was behind the attack, calling on the White House to put forth more evidence.
Denouncing a "very barbaric" attack, Trump ordered a strike that saw 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles slam into the airbase in central Syria from where Washingtonaccused Assad's forces of launching the attack.
In October 2016, Assad claimed that a photograph taken in Aleppo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh in the aftermath of a airstrike from Syrian or Russian planes - and which became a symbol of the conflict in Syria - had been manipulated or forged.
Before Trump faced the media, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks at the Kremlin that failed to bridge a deep gap of trust between the rival nuclear powers.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday that "the exchange of information is taking place but we are not officially sating that the validity of this document has been renewed", according to the state news agency Tass. "It'd be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russian Federation, and that could happen, and it may not happen; it may be just the opposite".
While the most immediate US-Russian dispute concerned culpability for the chemical weapons, broader disagreements over everything from Ukraine to Russia's support for once-fringe candidates in European elections were among other sore points.
"It would be wonderful. if North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and our country could get along with Russia", Trump said amid a deepening war of words with the Kremlin. "At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!" On Wednesday Russia vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would have forced Assad and his government to comply with an investigation into the attack. It was the eighth time Russian Federation has used its veto to block action directed at Damascus.
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Until the chemical attack, the Trump administration had sought to step back from the USA position that Assad should leave power. And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader.