Worries about a confrontation between Russia, Syria's big ally, and the West have been running high since Trump said on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to the attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7, and lambasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The UN Security Council met to debate the strikes but rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the three Western allies.
Russian Federation entered Syria's civil war in 2015 and has backed the Assad regime.
"Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' " Trump tweeted Wednesday, referring to USA missiles.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, however, indicated that evidence of what happened was still being studied.
Tensions have mounted further when Russian Federation vetoed earlier this week a US-drafted resolution at the United Nations Security Council demanding that the perpetrators of the attack be identified.
Trump held meetings with his national security advisers and conferred with France and Britain on the Syrian situation throughout the day on April 12.
The Foreign Ministry also claimed that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were allegedly found there.
He said: "We are hopeful that major and extensive steps are taken later to liberate this area and expel the American occupiers".
"The intelligence provided certainly paints a different picture", Sanders said.
Indeed, the spokesman for another Iranian-backed militia warned on Wednesday that a USA attack on Syria would have serious consequences for the entire region.
Polyakov told Rosbalt.Ru: "When the US presidential elections were held in 2016, the State Duma celebrated Trump's victory with champagne and Vladimir Putin congratulated him". "We're looking very, very seriously, very closely at the whole situation", he told reporters. Trump responded then by launching dozens of Navy cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, in a jab at Russian Federation.
He declared that U.S. relations with Russian Federation have plunged to a historic low. Stop the arms race?
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday that President Emmanuel Macron would decide whether to launch an attack over the "non-respect of the global convention against chemical weapons", which is a "red line" for France.
As the rhetoric sharpened around the accusations, there were few of those who could or would hear the words of experts, who said that detailed test should be done before making any accusations, and who argued that it cannot be concluded whether chemical weapons were really used in Douma based on photographs and videos. "We're going to cover it in gas and burn it together with an American flag", he promised.
The third target was a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and an important command post, also west of Homs, Dunford said.
The US has said "all options are on the table" when it comes to whether or not to take action against the Syrian government including military attack.
He said he would decide "in due course" whether to strike Syria. Russian Federation repeated its warnings against an escalation.
"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".
Trump made his latest statement in a tweet Thursday morning.
Macron said Thursday that France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and said France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".
Mattis said no decision had been made about carrying out missile strikes.
"France will not allow any escalation that could harm stability in the region", he added.
On Thursday, Russia's military said Douma has been brought under full control of the Syrian government under a Russia-mediated deal that secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces. The ministry also pointed at previous use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.
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