Pentagon officials said the overnight missile strikes by the us, the United Kingdom, and France on three key targets in Syria crippled the ability of dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime to use chemical weapons.
Nikki Haley relayed the message from President Trump at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council hours after a USA -led bombardment targeted Syrian chemical weapons faciliies.
"President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons", he added.
The three strikes targeted a research center in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs, and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post near Homs.
He said the operation was meant to deter the Syrian Government, which the United States suspects of carrying out a chemical weapon attack in Douma, a town on the outskirts of Damascus.
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia called for a vote during the meeting on the measure that condemns the "aggression" against Syria and demands that the allies refrain from any further military strikes. "But Russia's desperate attempts at deflection can not change the facts - a large body of information indicates that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on Douma". He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a USA military response.
Only three countries - Russia, China and Bolivia - backed the resolution which called the U.S. and its allies' strikes an "aggression" against Syria. Eight countries opposed, while four delegations abstained from voting.
Behind closed doors, Trump pushed for a more aggressive response than the one taken past year, wanting options that would involve attacks on targets in Syria associated with Russian Federation and Iran, officials said.
The strikes were aimed at "chemical weapons infrastructure" in what the United States billed as a warning against Assad employing such weapons in the future - a warning he has been accused of flouting in the past.
"Very soon, very soon, we're coming out", Trump said in telegraphing his thoughts to a crowd in Richfield, Ohio, on March 30.
Around 70 civilians suffocated to death as they tried to seek shelter from government air raids and barrel bombs.
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Haley relayed the message from President Trump at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council hours after a USA -led bombardment targeted Syrian chemical weapons facilities.
While hailing the military later in the day, Trump praised the "perfectly executed" airstrikes against the Syrian regime.
"Today, the nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality", Trump said.
"Could not have had a better results" Trump tweeted.
Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program.
The Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that the attack carried out by the USA and its allies was an "act of aggression" against a sovereign state.
Less than two weeks ago, Trump spoke of bringing troops home within six months from Syria.
Hundreds of pro-Assad supporters gathered in a Damascus square immediately after the attack to celebrate what they claimed was the successful shooting down of USA missiles. A United States spokeswoman said Friday the allies had "proof".
"This is how you want global affairs to be conducted now?"
The strikes drew a harsh response from Russian Federation, a key Syrian ally.