President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned that missiles "will be coming" toward Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack and taunted Russian Federation for vowing to shoot down any incoming strikes.
"Trump has to understand that we're going to be talking about the possibility of nuclear escalation if we have a collision of the USA and Russian militaries", Igor Korotchenko, a Russian military scholar and member of the Defense Ministry's public-advisory council, told the Washington Post. "Probably after the fact".
Last week, Trump advocated pulling US troops out of the country altogether, a drastic move strongly opposed by top military officials.
President Vladimir Putin's top adviser, Vladislav Surkov said in an article released earlier this week that Russian Federation has abandoned its centuries-long aspirations of integrating into the West and is bracing for a new era of "geopolitical loneliness".
"And if he does, it's gonna be very tough".
Trump on Tuesday warned that the USA was prepared to take "forceful" action. "He will. Everybody will". He even cancelled a trip to summit in Lima, Peru scheduled for this weekend because he said he'd be busy with Syria.
Defense Secretary Mattis, however, indicated that evidence of what happened was still being studied.
Amid the tough talk at the White House, the USA military appeared to be in position to carry out any attack order.
The US military has been using so many precision-guided munitions in the fight against Isis in recent years that the Pentagon had to work with defence contractors to step up the weapons' production and introduce new types of missiles to the fight.
Russia's foreign ministry responded to the warning by accusing the U.S. of attempting to destroy evidence of the reported chemical weapons attack, which Russian Federation and the Syrian government have denied ever occurred.
Meanwhile, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday that the British parliament should be given a say on any military action Prime Minister May wants to take in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.
"The Trump team is balancing Mr. Trump's desire to show (Assad) who is the boss, with the reality that both Russian Federation and Iran will need to show their own resolve against the United States, or face the risk of being viewed as paper tigers", Heras said.
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Emphatic in his condemnation of the apparent gas attack, Trump noted graphic pictures of the dead and sickened, calling the assault "heinous", "atrocious", "horrible" and "barbaric".
Sanders said Trump has chose to stay in the United States to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world".
Russia, a close ally of the Syrian regime, has pointed the finger at the White Helmets in the wake of similar incidents such as last year's chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.
The news of the Syrian military's action comes while Bolivia asked for the United Nations Security Council to meet on Thursday and discuss "the escalation of rhetoric regarding Syria and these threats of unilateral military action".
Russian Federation and Syria resumed bombardment of the Douma area when talks for Jaish al-Islam's evacuation sputtered last week, culminating in an alleged chemical strike on Saturday.
She faces pressure to secure support from the Commons, which is now in recess for Easter, for involving Britain in air strikes but has the power to take the decision without the backing of MPs.
Medical groups have said a further 500 people were injured in the attack.
The tweet followed Russia's warning that it will strike at incoming USA missiles and their launch platforms. Iran also has numerous options to respond to any American punitive attack in Syria, hurting the USA or its allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia. Missiles could disrupt radio navigation equipment, the agency said.
As U.S. officials consider whether and how to respond, they are looking at what type of chemical agent might have been used.
A World Health Organization statement on Wednesday did not confirm outright that a chemical weapons attack had taken place.
Trump, like his predecessor, President Barack Obama, has stated that a chemical weapons attack is a red line.
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