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Russian Federation says Syrian 'chemical attack' was staged

Russian Federation says Syrian 'chemical attack' was staged

Britain and its allies accuse Damascus of carrying out the suspected attack on Douma and are considering military action against Syria in response.

President Donald Trump is taunting Russian Federation as he makes clear that he has made a decision to strike the forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma.

"However. any action that would lead to the failure or harm activities led by Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation toward a lasting peace should be avoided", Yildirim said.

In mid-March, weeks before this current crisis began, the chief of Russia's General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, warned publicly that any USA strikes that threatened the lives of Russian servicemen in Syria would prompt Russia to fire on not only the missiles, but also their launchers -- implying Russia would potentially open fire on a US warship that had launched cruise missiles.

"This all strengthens the isolationist, consolidating logic of a besieged fortress", Andrei Kolesnikov, a domestic policy specialist at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, said of the sanctions and Syria developments.

The UN Security Council was to meet again on Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff, as US President Donald Trump appeared to back away from imminent action, days after warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for missile strikes.

He wrote: 'Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria.

"You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" the president said, referring to the relationship between Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al Assad. At a photo-taking session during a Pentagon meeting with his Dutch counterpart, Mattis was asked by a reporter whether he had seen enough evidence to blame the Syrian government.

"We have a very high confidence that Syria was responsible and, once again, Russia's failure to stop them and their continued (lack of action) on this front has been part of the problem", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. "We're still working on this".

But, the official added, Trump believes that in order to be able to negotiate successfully with Putin, it is essential that he demonstrate he is willing to take a harder line in Syria. When Trump launched 56 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase a year ago, following another chemical attack attributed to the Syrian government, Russian Federation effectively stood aside. Trump responded then by launching dozens of Navy cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield. He also said a clash "should be ruled out and therefore we are ready to hold negotiations". Trump also pointed out that Mueller's team is staffed entirely with Democrats and people who worked for President Barack Obama.

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He said that Russian Federation has "the necessary means for that, and the Americans and their allies know that quite well". We are totally predictable.

It was a marked escalation in force compared to a United States strike launched a year ago, when only cruise missiles were used against a single airfield.

"It should be noted that real panic isn't here but across the ocean", he added, "saying bomb shelter sales "took off" in the United States after Donald Trump's election".

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War", Trump tweeted.

Slovenia's Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said in a statement to the official STA news agency that "due to the Syria crisis", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian cancelled his planned visit to Slovenia on Friday and Saturday.

Trump's administration has sought to show toughness on Russian Federation, with a series of economic and diplomatic actions, including new sanctions last week against government officials and oligarchs.

Putin dismissed Trump's tweet, saying "We don't do Twitter diplomacy".

Igor Korotchenko, a Russian military scholar and a member of the Defence Ministry's public advisory council, said any USA attack that killed Russians in Syria would compel a military response, potentially against a United States plane or ship.

Russian Federation has warned the United States that launching airstrikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries and accused Washington of putting global peace at risk.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for a "strong and joint response" to the attack in the Syrian town of Douma on Saturday. Syria's government denies responsibility.


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