Russian Federation says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK

Russian Federation says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK

Russia's ambassador to the United States says there will be consequences for the military strikes, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president.

Trump's tweet reacted to a warning from Russian Federation that threatened that any US missiles fired at Syria over the deadly assault on the rebel enclave of Douma near Damascus would be shot down and the launch sites targeted.

"All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris".

"In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons".

But U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis struck a cautious note, telling lawmakers that the need to "stop the murder of innocent people" had to be weighed up against the risk of things "escalating out of control". Trump on Wednesday had warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.

Macron said Thursday on French national television France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and has crossed a line that could prompt French airstrikes.

"First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State, now smart American rockets".

If the United States opts for a broader attack, it may choose to conduct initial precision strikes to debilitate ground air defenses. "We can not take such risks", said Dvorkovich, speaking at a forum. Moscow kept up its resistance on Friday.

FILE - Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova attends Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry's work in 2017 in Moscow, Russia, Jan. 15. It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials having taken place of the victims.

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"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

Large-scale restrictions on US goods and services would hurt American firms but could also cause significant disruption in Russian Federation, where consumers flock to McDonald's restaurants, fly on vacation in Boeing jets, and use Apple phones.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia (L) and Bolivia's Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz speak to the media outside Security Council chambers at the U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., April 12, 2018.

Last April, when United States warships in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, Russian forces were warned in advance and pulled out of the target area, which was rapidly repaired.

The draft would also give council support to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' fact-finding mission that Sweden's U.N. Ambassador Olof Skoog said "is on its way" to Syria to determine whether chemical weapons were used in the Damascus suburb of Douma last weekend.

"At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the USA and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 US presidential election and, most recently, its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad".

After the Douma attack, the insurgent group dug in there, Jaish al-Islam, finally agreed to withdraw.

What followed was an exodus of Russian Federation diplomats from over 20 countries.

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