With Russia on his mind, Trump looks for tougher approach on Syria


Russian Federation has warned the U.S. that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries, according to a BBC news report. "If there are attempts to test it out, they will get a worthy response", he said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday that Syria was responsible for the attack but added pointedly, "We also hold Russian Federation responsible for their failure to stop chemical weapons attacks from taking place".

"Or is it the original idea to use the smart missiles to sweep the traces of the provocation under the rug?" she added.

Trump tempered those remarks on Thursday and even as he consulted allies such and Britain and France, who could join in any US -led strikes on Syria, there were signs of efforts to prevent the crisis from spiraling out of control.

Another option - strike the locations where chemical weapons are stored.

"I think that the United States understands this and will not allow it, because otherwise, Russia's response will be immediate, as the chief of the Russian General Staff has said", Serebrennikov commented.

The tweet came as Trump administration officials have consulted with global allies on a possible joint military response to Syria's alleged poison gas attack.

British jets have fired missiles at a Syrian military facility near Homs suspected of storing chemical weapon ingredients, Britain's defence ministry said.

The president took to Twitter Wednesday morning responding to a warning from Russian Federation, which is threatening to shoot down any United States missiles launched at Syria.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived at the White House hours after a Russian official said US missiles headed toward Syria would be shot down and Trump responded with a tweeted taunt.

European airspace authorities have warned aircraft to take care when flying close to Syria because of possible military action against Assad's forces.

The same officials say Syria has continued to produce or procure chlorine, which also has industrial and agricultural uses.

"The Failing New York Times wrote another phony story".

Monday: Nebenzia told the U.N. Security Council "there was no chemical attack" over the previous weekend.

World Health Organization also cited reports about the deaths of more than 70 people who sheltered in basements, saying 43 of those people who died had shown "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals".

The day before a team from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, east of Damascus, Mr Lavrov said Russian experts have inspected the site and found no trace of chemical weapons.

A senior Russian lawmaker has warned the United States that Russia would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that an attack on Syria could take place "very soon or not so soon at all", arguing he had never signaled the timing of retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack that he had suggested was imminent a day earlier.

The attack was staged on April 7, he argued, just as Syrian forces were battling the rebel group Jaish al-Islam, which was shelling Damascus from April 3 to 6.

But Russia might not be so quick to retaliate - the country probably doesn't want to get into a shooting war with the USA either.

Warships and submarines of the Russian naval taskforce were keeping track at a close distance of USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation assault ships and submarines in the area, Russian government news site Tass said, citing a military and diplomatic source.

"When the 2016 U.S. election was over and the State Duma toasted Donald Trump's victory with champagne and Vladimir Putin congratulated him, because of this euphoria, we made Trump an honorary member of our Cossack society".

Asked in a TV interview whether France would join strikes on Syria, Macron said, "We will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it to be most useful and effective", according to Agence France Presse.

Now, with Russian air defenses reportedly on high alert over the Khmeimim Air Base and the Russian naval base at Tartus, and with coalition planes and ships preparing to launch missiles at a moment's notice, the hotline could again serve as a bulwark against accidental escalation.



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