No 'final decision' from Trump on Syria

No 'final decision' from Trump on Syria

The Kremlin spokesman is warning the USA and its allies against any steps that could destabilize the situation in Syria.

Russia's denial of the attack comes as Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, is set to study the area for evidence.

Without elaborating on the sources of her information, Ms. Haley said the American government had estimated that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have used chemical weapons "at least 50 times" since the war started.

Britain continues to support the US-led coalition targeting IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and has conducted more than 1,700 strikes. He added that it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement".

Peskov wouldn't say if Moscow could use a Russian-U.S. military hotline to avoid escalation in the event of a U.S. strike, saying only that "the hotline exists and has remained active".

He said the United States is still assessing intelligence relating to Syrian President Bashar al Assad's involvement in the attack.

Over 60 percent of UK nationals believe that a parliamentary vote on whether London should join the United States in its possible military action against Syria should be held, a survey by YouGov pollster showed on Thursday.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation, which backs it, strongly oppose the claims, which they say are fabricated.

Some MPs have backed Britain acting against Syria, warning that the use of chemical weapons was in breach of worldwide law and could not be allowed to go unpunished. "Not to react is to prove to the rest of the world that what we say does not matter".

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Mattis said options would be discussed with Mr.Trump at a meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday afternoon. Russian Federation and Syria have been calling for the global investigation of the alleged attack.

"We don't want a war, but we don't fear it and we're ready for it", Shaaban said.

The French president, who said he was in daily contact with President Trump, said any strikes would go after Syria's "chemical capabilities".

Theresa May is reportedly adamant that the United Kingdom plays an equal part in any military action against Syria. "I refer you to the White House to characterise the president's tweet", a Pentagon spokesman said. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

But across Western capitals opposition to military action also grew.

Syrian government forces have regained full control of the city as the worldwide community considers its response.

Asked about Trump's tweet about an impending attack on Syria, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who ran the Pentagon for President Bill Clinton, said on CNN that it "compromises the mission somewhat". He spoke during a meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to the supreme leader of ally Iran.

Trump suggested Monday he had little doubt that Syria was to blame, but neither he nor other administration officials have produced hard evidence.

The Syrian president added that the threats endanger global peace and security and that military action would only contribute to the "further destabilization" of the region.

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