Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Russian Federation fears 'dangerous' escalation over military intervention in Syria

Russian Federation fears 'dangerous' escalation over military intervention in Syria

Asked whether the United States was waiting for the OPCW's report before it makes a decision on Syria, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, "We believe we know who is responsible for this". As he spoke, explosions rocked Damascus.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed she had authorised British forces to join "US and French allies" and said their action wasn't about meddling in a civil war or regime change. The head of the General staff of Russia Valery Gerasimov said that if the war in Syria will be at least some kind of threat, then the fire will be opened, as a missile, and who starts them.

The strikes targeted several military sites around Damascus and Homs that were used to manufacture chemical weapons.

At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the US and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and, most recently, its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. If we don't respond to video of toddlers being murdered by sarin (or some similar agent) for fear of provoking Russian Federation, you can be certain Russian Federation will repeat the exercise. Again, we are being threatened.

Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's ambassador to the United Nations, said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation and urged Washington and its allies to refrain from military action against Syria.

He said how "we keep this from escalating out of control" and avoiding civilian casualties were among his chief concerns.

It's worth noting that more than a half million Syrians have died in the seven-year-old war (now entering its eighth year).

"In 2013, President Putin guaranteed the elimination of Assad's chemical weapons". "These are not the actions of a man. They are crimes of a monster", he said. Syrian television reported that a scientific research center had been hit.

A day before a team from the global chemical weapons watchdog watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Sergey Lavrov said Russian experts have already inspected the site of the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical weapons.

"I do think there's the possibility of a military confrontation between the United States and Russian Federation in Syria", Morrell said. "Together, we have sent a clear message to Assad, and his murderous lieutenants, that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable".


Britain's defence ministry said that while the effectiveness of the strike is still being analyzed, "initial indications are that the precision of the Storm Shadow weapons and meticulous target planning have resulted in a successful attack".

"I want to emphasize that these strikes are directed at the Syrian regime", he said.

"It is highly likely that the regime is responsible for Saturday's attack", a Downing Street spokesman said in a readout of a Cabinet meeting that May convened Thursday evening in London.

No details of United Kingdom involvement in any military action in Syria were mentioned in the Downing Street statement.

America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances.

Appearing before the House Armed Services Committee, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers that the use of chemical weapons was "inexcusable".

"To Iran and Russian Federation I ask, what kind of nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?" he said.

"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime", Trump said on Friday.

Macron said: "We can not tolerate the employment of chemical weapons".

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