Russian Federation warns against Syria strikes as West hesitates

Diplomatic crisis April 12 2018 12:01am The Times Has Putin set a trap for the West?Deborah Haynes Defence Editor

Diplomatic crisis April 12 2018 12:01am The Times Has Putin set a trap for the West?Deborah Haynes Defence Editor

" We hope that there will be no point of return - that the U.S. and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state", Nebenzia informed press reporters late Thursday evening hours. A US guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

Trump, who evoked the devastating poison gas attacks of World War I, said the USA was prepared to "sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

Konashenkov released statements he said came from medics at Douma's hospital, saying a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons, dousing them with water and causing panic. With the support of the UK and France, the United States could strike Syria at any moment.

KELEMEN: Haley says it's not the USA that's a threat to peace and security but rather Syria and its backer, Russia, that are, in her words, trying to normalize the use of chemical weapons.

The BBC reported that May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in military action.

US President Donald Trump claimed ties with Russian Federation are worse than during the Cold War - and angrily blamed special investigator Robert Mueller for fuelling "bad blood" with Moscow on Wednesday, April 11.

The statements were significant because the head of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, had previously said the Russian military would respond to USA airstrikes that put Russian lives at risk by shooting down the missiles and potentially the ships or planes that fired them.

"The intelligence provided certainly paints a different picture", she said.

The axis of resistance, meaning the Syrian allies of Iran and Hezbollah, has its choices and dealing quietly, Shabaan said, adding that the rule of clashes has changed in favor of the Syrian side.

Skoog said he expects the proposal to be addressed at Thursday's closed-door emergency council meeting on Syria.

This scenario, he said, "cannot be tolerated. especially in light of the deployment in Syria of the Russian contingent".

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Russian Federation warns of `consequences´ after air strikes against Syria
The Times and the Daily Telegraph newspapers reported that the cabinet was expected to back May in joining any US-led action. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons .

"Tonight, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States took decisive action to strike the Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure..."

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

The Ministry claims the air strikes were a response to the "success" of Al Assad's Syrian army in liberating their territory from worldwide terrorism.

Zasypkin also said a clash between Russian Federation and the United States over Syria "should be ruled out and therefore we are ready to hold negotiations".

Putin spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday and urged him to do nothing to destabilise Syria.

Whether Russia follows through with its threats remains to be seen.

The strikes came after the Assad regime was accused of carrying out a chemical attack in Syria's Douma, which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

Assad said Thursday that Western threats to strike Syria are based on "lies" and seek to undermine his forces' advances near Damascus.

Israel held top-level security consultations on Wednesday amid concern it could be targeted by Syria or Iran if the United States strikes Syrian government forces.

Trump has made it clear he plans to make the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, and perhaps his Russian and Iranian backers, pay for the latest alleged toxic gas atrocity in the war-wracked country.

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