President taunts Russian Federation, says USA military response coming in Syria

President taunts Russian Federation, says USA military response coming in Syria

Trump also discussed Syria with French President Emanuel Macron, who said Tuesday that France would decide in the coming days on "a strong and joint response" with the US and Britain to the suspected attack.

The Russian military said on March 13 that it would respond to any USA strike on Syria, targeting any missiles and launchers involved in such an attack. Trump met at the White House with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who told reporters that he and Trump "see eye to eye" on the Syria problem.

In his tweet, Mr Trump called the Syrian leader a "gas killing animal".

But the incident has thrust Syria's seven-year-old conflict back to the forefront of worldwide concern. Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Meanwhile on the ground, thousands of militants and their families arrived in rebel-held northwestern Syria after surrendering Douma to government forces.

He stressed that the residents of Eastern Ghouta were provided with the necessary humanitarian assistance, both through the United Nations and the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation.

A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is due to deploy to Syria "shortly" to determine whether banned weapons were used.

The incident has sparked worldwide outrage and ratcheted up tensions in the already volatile Mideast, raising the specter of possible imminent American retaliation amid Russia's warnings against any such action, and denials that any chemical weapons attack took place.

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that his threats are "reckless" and endanger worldwide peace and security. The Russian draft would have required investigators to report to the Security Council, which could then attribute responsibility.

USA envoy Nikki Haley responded by calling the vote a "travesty".

Asked whether France would take military action, Macron said his country will continue discussing technical and strategic information with USA and British allies and "in the coming days we will announce our decision". "There is no proof of their use by Damascus", she said. The resolution was likely to be vetoed by Syrian ally Russian Federation.

Mr Nebenzia accused the U.S. of "planting this resolution" as a "pretext" to justify military action.

In another, he painted a dark picture of US-Russia relations but said it did not have to be that way.

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Russian officials said on Monday that Russian military specialists and staff from Syria's Red Crescent had found no evidence of an attack. "A breakdown at the United Nations will also make it easier for France to justify strikes".

"This is about humanity, we're talking about humanity, and it can't be allowed to happen", he said.

Nebenzia accused the United States of trying to mislead the global community and said it is "taking one more step toward confrontation".

The British government is also discussing military intervention with its allies in Syria in response to the alleged attack.

"That kind of atrocity is not acceptable", International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said. "We can not allow atrocities like that".

USA officials tell The Associated Press that the allies have weighed launching a military strike as early as the end of this week. Washington bombed a Syrian government air base past year over a toxic gas attack.

After the defeat of Russia's second resolution, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said to U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley: "I would once again ask you, once again beseech you, to refrain from the plans that you're now developing for Syria". "The tone with which this is being done has gone beyond the threshold of what is acceptable, even during the Cold War".

As U.S. officials consider whether and how to respond, they are looking at what type of chemical agent might have been used.

Trump said, however, that Washington was "getting more clarity" on who was responsible. Damascus blamed Islamic State militants for mustard gas use.

A Lebanese politician with close links to the Syrian government confirmed that precautionary measures are being taken throughout Syria.

"I want to emphasize that on April 9, a day after the alleged chemical attack in the Douma, Russian military specialists in the field of radiation, chemical and biological defense, as well as military doctors arrived directly to the site of the alleged incident", First Deputy Head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznihir said.

RIA news agency quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying 3,600 militants and their families had left Douma over the past 24 hours.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that as of Monday night, troops have been on a 72-hour alert and are fortifying their positions. Russian military police have since entered parts of the town.