Russia Says Priority in Syria to Avert Danger of War

Posted April 16, 2018

"Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' " Trump tweeted Wednesday, referring to US missiles.

Senior lawmakers in the State Duma, which is dominated by Kremlin loyalists, said they had prepared the list ranging from food and alcohol to medicine and consulting services in response to Washington's move last week.

The allied operation comes a year after a USA missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons. More than 40 people, including children, were reported killed.

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said.

The UN Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of "aggression" by the United States, United Kingdom and France against Syria today, a vote reflecting support for the allied air strikes on Syrian chemical sites. The U.N. Security Council planned to meet later Saturday at Moscow's request.

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, told reporters "The situation (in Syria) is very risky".

"The intelligence provided certainly paints a different picture", Sanders said.

Guterres also said a failure to hold someone accountable for the attack could encourage more.

Both Syria and Russian Federation have said reports of the attack were fabricated by rebels and rescue workers in Douma and have accused the U.S. of seeking to use it as a pretext to attack the government. Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate. The statement said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning.

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"We have. evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organizing this provocation", defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

President Donald Trump ordered targeted military action in the country, following an alleged chemical weapons attack that reportedly left dozens of citizens dead.

The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad.

Haley accused Russian Federation of "lies and cover-ups" as it tried to hide what the USA and allies say was an Assad-directed chemical weapons attack last Saturday on Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

In a statement released on Twitter, Russia's ambassador to the US said the country was being "threatened", and issued an ominous warning that reprisals could follow.

Among the chief factors military planners must consider are air defenses in Syria, which were bolstered by Russia's decision to enter the war in 2015 and could pose a threat should the Pentagon employ manned aircraft in the attack.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as well as Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo met at the White House on Wednesday to discuss options, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Neither the Kremlin nor the Russian government has said if they back the measures, and it was not clear if it would become law in its current form.

Even small acts could lead to "a lot of other developments that aren't at all needed, either by us or our European neighbors, and can only gratify those who are protected by an ocean", he told a news conference. "We're still working on this".

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Mr. Trump told reporters on Monday during a Cabinet meeting that the administration would be making a "major" decision on Syria within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Biological samples from the area of the attack in Syria have tested positive for chlorine and a sarin-like nerve agent, according to a USA official who's familiar with the U.S. analysis of the test results.

Later, speaking at the meeting, called by Russian Federation to discuss the prospect of an American strike on Syria, Haley said, "This meeting should not be about so-called 'unilateral threats, ' it should be about the multiple actions Russian Federation has taken to bring us to this point".

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"Fundamentally the U.S.is going to have to prove does it have a goal in Syria", and that it has an endgame in mind, Taleblu added. The U.S. military has responded at times to Assad's use of chemical weapons but at other times hasn't responded at all. Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Assad.

Later Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump tweeted that Washington's relationship with Moscow is "worse now than it has ever been". There is no reason for this, he wrote, adding that "Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together".

"Syria indeed today represents the most serious threat to global peace and security", Guterres said.

It was not clear whether Trump and USA allies would wait for the results of the investigation before deciding on a strike.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

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The inconsistent responses from outside powers may have signaled to Assad that he can continue to use the munitions, so long as he uses them in small amounts without causing mass casualties or generating gruesome imagery. The Assad regime has not authorized the US operations, but it also has not tried to shoot down American aircraft.