USA readies response to Syria attacks after United Nations clash with Russian Federation

Moscow WHO must clarify sources behind statement on 500 victims in Douma

USA readies response to Syria attacks after United Nations clash with Russian Federation

After Russia warned the United States against military strikes in Syria, President Donald Trump says missiles "will be coming".

The Labour leader would prefer all sides to sit down and negotiate an end to the civil war. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart! You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!'.

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

Trump said earlier this month - before the weekend's suspected chemical attack on civilians at the hands of the Assad regime - that he wanted to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

Defense Secretary Mattis, however, indicated that evidence of what happened was still being studied.

Asked whether the USA military was ready to conduct an attack in Syria if ordered, Mattis replied, "We stand ready to provide military options if they're appropriate, as the president determined".

Since then, U.S. -Russian relations have soured, and the two nuclear powers have raised the ante, getting dangerously close to a potential military clash in Syria.

The World Health Organization said about 500 patients showed signs of exposure to toxic chemicals following the Douma attack.

Trump appeared to soften his rhetoric in a follow-up tweet Wednesday morning, saying there is "no reason" for the US's worsening relationship with Russian Federation and that "we need all nations to work together". The destroyers were underway in the Mediterranean Sea when the missiles were launched from hundreds of miles away.

The "reckless escalation" by the no surprise from a country "that has sponsored and is still sponsoring terrorism in Syria", the ministry said.

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

Trump and other Western leaders have vowed a quick and forceful response to Saturday's alleged gas attack, which rescue workers say killed more than 40 people in the Damascus suburb of Douma. "The continued use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged". Britain's Parliament is in recess until Monday, though it could be recalled for an emergency debate.

"Rather than declare its readiness to strike Syria with missiles, the United States should work on rebuilding the destroyed city and offer comprehensive help to the population", Poznikhir said.

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May told reporters in Birmingham: "The chemical weapons attack that took place on Saturday in Douma in Syria was a shocking and barbaric act".

In a telephone call with Trump and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday, May agreed that "the global community needed to respond to uphold the worldwide prohibition on the use of chemical weapons".

Possible targets range from limited strikes on sites and factories related to chemical weapons production, as well as security units or command centers that carried out last week's attack, to wider-scale attacks that seek to take out Assad's air defenses and air force. The administration said that Trump would "oversee the American response to Syria".

The air traffic control agency Eurocontrol has also released an alert from the European Aviation Safety Agency to flight operators in nearby airspace of "the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours".

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