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They will be coming: US President Donald Trump's missile threat to Russian Federation

21 Avril 2018

Sen. John McCain said President Trump's comments suggesting he wants to withdraw USA troops from Syria has "emboldened" Syrian President Bashar al Assad's regime for the recent chemical attack that killed at least 40 people in the war-torn country.

The meeting will take place in the wake of Trump's tweet warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for "nice and new and smart'" missiles that "will be coming" to Syria. The US and its allies resisted Russia's call for an investigation at the United Nations, apparently unwilling to allow that to play out before they have a chance to parlay the allegations into a new war. US officials have been consulting with France, Britain and other allies on a possible joint military operation, but the timing remained in doubt Wednesday.

Zasypkin also said a clash between Russian Federation and the United States over Syria "should be ruled out and therefore we are ready to hold negotiations".

"Good souls will not be humiliated", Mr Assad tweeted, while hundreds of Syrians gathered in the capital of Damascus where they flashed victory signs and waved flags in scenes of defiance after the early morning barrage.

Tensions rose in Syria after reports of a suspected chemical attack in the town of Douma on Saturday.

Will European allies join the military action?

"Is that the actual plan - to cover up all evidence of this fabricated attack with smart missile strikes, so that global inspectors have no evidence to look for?" she added.

The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video: "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to "reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties". Klimov pointed to heavy USA losses from Soviet missiles and jets in Vietnam, adding that Russian Federation stands ready to counter any possible US strike. French President Emmanuel Macron called for a "strong and joint response". The guided-missile destroyer is armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, which were used a year ago after an alleged sarin gas attack on Syrian civilians.

Mattis also ignored a question about whether he was concerned about telegraphing US military moves in Syria, a question appearing to refer to Trump's earlier tweet on Wednesday.

How that action might play out was not outlined, but the White House said Mr Trump had cancelled a trip to South America to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world".

But his remarks could raise fears of direct conflict for the first time between major powers backing opposing sides in Syria's protracted civil war.

The main USA role in Syria has been to lead the coalition attacking Islamic State militants, who moved into the vacuum of a near-lawless country but now have been driven from their territory.

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said.

The officials declined to comment further and it was not clear whether the Syrian actions would affect USA military planning for potential action against Syria over a suspected poison gas attack.

Trump's administration has sought to show toughness on Russian Federation, with a series of economic and diplomatic actions, including new sanctions last week against government officials and oligarchs.

"Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime's chemical capabilities", he said, insisting he did "not want an escalation". "The president holds Syria and Russian Federation responsible for this chemical weapons attack".

"If there is a strike by the Americans, then. the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired", Alexander Zasypkin told Hezbollah's al-Manar TV on Tuesday evening, speaking in Arabic, according to Reuters.

They will be coming: US President Donald Trump's missile threat to Russian Federation