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US, allies hit Syria as Russian Federation fumes

US, allies hit Syria as Russian Federation fumes

The warning from Moscow came as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that increasing tensions over Syria could lead to "full-blown military escalation".

The U.N. Security Council was to meet again Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff, as U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to back away from imminent action, days after warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for missile strikes.

Chemical weapons experts for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the suspected poison gas attack.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said global relations should not depend on one person's morning mood, in apparent reference to Mr Trump's tweets.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump held a meeting with his team to discuss the situation, but "no final decision has been made".

Trump said the goal of the campaign was to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons".

Sergey Lavrov did not specify which agency or provide evidence, but he warned the West against proposed military action.

U.S. President Donald Trump addressed the nation on late Friday, saying the joint operation was in response to the "chemical attack" in Douma, a town in Syria, by the Syrian Government on April 7.

Western leaders have been planning a response to Saturday's suspected chemical attack.




An Israeli official told CNN that the strikes enforced the red line drawn by President Trump a year ago.

The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East yesterday but there was no clear sign that a United States-led attack was imminent.

Russian Federation on Saturday called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as Moscow said it would consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria following USA -led strikes.

"We have the irrefutable data that this was staged... and the special services of a country, which is now seeking to be in the first ranks of the Russophobic campaign, were involved in this staged event", he said.

Mr Trump himself appeared on Thursday to cast doubt on at least the timing of any US-led military action, tweeting: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

In a statement released on Twitter, Russia's ambassador to the US said the country was being "threatened", and issued an ominous warning that reprisals could follow. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war".

Friday: "Today, the Russian defense ministry has other evidence proving the United Kingdom's direct involvement in the organization of this provocation in Eastern Ghouta", Igor Konashenkov, Russia's defense ministry spokesman, said, according to the Russian government news site Tass.

USA officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table". Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.