Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

How Russia has hinted it could react to US strikes in Syria

How Russia has hinted it could react to US strikes in Syria

President Trump "has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria", Haley said.

"It is unlikely that we will have to sink the Donald Cook". Trump, ignoring Mattis' warning, pushed USA military leaders to develop a plan to attack the Syrian Government.

Britain rejected the Russian claims and said that any United Kingdom involvement in the chemical attack in Douma was a "blatant lie".

Over the past week, pro-Kremlin officials, independent analysts and the state-allied news media here all described the situation in Syria as a uniquely risky moment.

The Russia-U.S. military contacts on Syria are not enough to meet the needs of dialogue, and the two countries should use diplomatic methods rather than threats when communicating with each other, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

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

However, the ministry stated later than no Russian personnel was harmed and no missiles came close to Russian air-defense equipment indicating that only Syrian air-defense systems have shot down United States coalition missiles.

The Russian military says that an alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged and directed by Britain.

"Russia has trashed the credibility of the council", she said.

The head of one militia that falls under the PMF umbrella, Qais al-Khazali, was involved in attacking coalition troops during the Iraq war and was imprisoned for several years, before his release in late 2009 in exchange for a British man whom his group held hostage.

Moscow and Washington blocked attempts by each other at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to set up global investigations into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

The Russian military said on March 13 that it would respond to any USA strike on Syria by targeting any missiles and launchers involved.

"A pre-designed scenario is being implemented", his statement says.

Simultaneously, France's Leader Emmanuel Macron was quoted stating he has in his possession "proof" that "Syrian authorities targeted private citizens inside Douma using chemical substance weapons" recently.

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.

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.

"I spoke to the President [Donald Trump] this morning and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded". But Mattis and other members of his national security team cautioned Trump during the meeting that such a strategy could pull the USA into direct conflict with Russian Federation and Iran.

The statement also condemned the air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing regime leader Bashar al-Assad.

Syria's Russian-supplied air defences shot down an Israeli F-16 jet in February during a previous bombing run against what Israel described as Iranian-backed positions in Syria.

But the Syrian regime and its backers in Moscow have denied a chemical attack took place, with Russian officials insisting the claims are a pretext to justify further intervention by the West.

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