Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, warned that United States missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat, the report said.
"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" Trump said, referring Moscow's alliance with Assad. He said that if airstrikes went ahead, they would target Syrian government chemical facilities.
Bouthaina Shaaban, a top adviser to Assad, described the army's recapture of eastern Ghouta as a "decisive point" in an interview on Wednesday, saying the rebels' defeat had pushed the West to wage "psychological war" by threatening strikes.
The White House has said that Trump holds Assad's regime and its military backers Russian Federation responsible for an alleged attack on Douma on April 7, which rescue workers said killed more than 40 people.
After the attack, the rebel group holed up in Douma - Jaish al-Islam - finally agreed to withdraw from the town.
"We will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective", Macron said.
Zasypkin also said that any hostilities with Washington should be avoided and Moscow was ready for negotiations.
The current president, Donald Trump, nevertheless claims Obama could have ended a civil war in its early stages.
Mr Assad said Western countries were lashing out after they lost their "bet" on opposition forces in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of the Syrian capital.
The White House today confirmed the President is yet to make a final decision on the situation in Syria.
The imminent arrival of the global chemical watchdog comes as rebels in Douma surrendered their weapons and left the town.
Theresa May is planning to join the United States in taking military action in Syria without a vote in Parliament, according to a new report from the BBC. Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told NBC News on Thursday the administration has "enough proof" of the chemical attack but was still considering its response.
Speaking to Euronews, Chizhov said "Russia has warned US representatives, publicly as well as through proper channels, over the grave consequences that could arise if these strikes happen and whether deliberately or otherwise Russian citizens are hurt".
Under a 2013 US-Russia deal that averted US-led strikes, Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons stockpile and sign the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) which bans the use of the toxic gases in warfare.
We know that Russia, Iran and the Assad regime are willing to go to great lengths to protect their interests.
Russia's United Nations ambassador warned the priority in Syria was to avert US-led strikes that could lead to a confrontation between the world's two preeminent nuclear powers.
"Until we have a more long-term strategy, until we have some idea where we're going in Syria and the Middle East, it seems unwise, to me, to start launching missiles", said Smith.
The Syrian government and Russian forces in Syria possess truck-mounted surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapons systems.
The rising tensions and the risk of a clash between the major powers were evident in the eastern Mediterranean, where Russian warplanes overflew USA and French naval vessels armed with cruise missiles. Missiles could disrupt radio navigation equipment, the agency said.
A separate YouGov survey on Thursday found 61 percent of people think it would be necessary for parliament to vote on military action against Syria, with just 18 percent saying it was not necessary and 21 percent undecided.
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