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N.Korean foreign minister, on Moscow visit, calls for closer Russian Federation ties

12 Avril 2018

The latest Trump tweets illustrate the threat of wider war that could break out in Syria as the USA and its allies could come into direct confrontation with Russian Federation, a nuclear-armed power.

The U.S. President Donald Trump promised a "quick response" to the chemical attack in Douma (Syria).

Some lawmakers criticized Trump's apparent telegraphing by tweet of a missile strike in Syria.

However, Russia may find it hard to respond in kind by imposing sanctions on US businesses since few of them have significant Russian exposure.

President Bashar al-Assad's government - which receives military backing from Russian Federation - denies being behind any chemical attack, a BBC report said. Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted - a stark warning of a potential major confrontation in Syria. "We have said it before, that Russian Federation will stop at nothing to shield the Assad regime, and here is our answer".

Trump's tweets Wednesday also delivered a mixed message, not unusual for the mercurial president. That strike did not appear to have had the desired effect of deterring Assad from further use of chemical agents.

Schlumberger Ltd., the biggest of the hired guns who drill, frack and rejuvenate oil wells globally, has the most at stake in Russian Federation among rivals, J. David Anderson, an analyst at Barclays Plc, said Monday in a phone interview.

Experts from the Moscow-based Metrium real estate agency said that among those trying to return to Russian Federation were wealthy businessmen who left their homeland either because they were in conflict with the government or because of fear of economic stagnation after Putin won his third presidential term in 2012.

"Potanin may feel a bit easier now as Oleg Deripaska has other issues to be solved on the table", said Sergey Donskoy, an analyst at Societe Generale SA in Moscow.

"The monster is an American monster that so far refuses to destroy its chemical arsenal", Jaafari said, referencing Haley's own comments.

However, the classification of Western anti-Russia sanctions has significantly expanded since then.

Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan spoke by phone Monday with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

The chemical weapons attack took place in an area of Syrian regime operations, Duma, where regime forces are attempting to dislodge the opposition."Syrian regime forces and their allies are denying worldwide monitors access to the Duma area".

"We can not tolerate with a war criminal", the emir said, adding, "This matter should end immediately". "The next focal point is how the United States responds". "The team is preparing to deploy to Syria shortly", the organization said in a Tuesday statement.

Unlike the Vietnam War, where Soviet advisers helping North Vietnam supposedly weren't directly engaged in combat, the potential clash in Syria would pit Russian Federation directly against the U.S.

Andrei Klimov, the head of an upper house committee that investigates foreign meddling in Russian affairs, proudly said on the top talk show on Russian state TV that his relative, a Soviet pilot, won a medal for combat duty in Vietnam.

N.Korean foreign minister, on Moscow visit, calls for closer Russian Federation ties