No time frame set for Syria attack


Chemical weapons experts for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the suspected poison gas attack.

Meanwhile, Moscow said the formerly rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta - including Douma, the target of Saturday's attack - had been "totally stabilized" and would soon be patrolled by Russian military police.

Arturo Gal: The effect that we can already see are, for example, European Air Traffic control issued an alert of possible air strikes happening in Syria within the next 72 hours.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said on April 12. Russian Federation had said all along that Syria had no need to use chemical weapons. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Friday that Britain was "directly involved in the provocation", but didn't elaborate or provide evidence. On Friday, Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, warned of "consequences" after the allied attacks. A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the the lead, could send a message of global unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons and counter Syria's political and military support from Russian Federation and Iran.

The US' relationship with Russia is worse than the Cold War era, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday and blamed special investigator Robert Mueller's "fake and corrupt" investigations into the Russian meddling in 2016 election for the "bad blood" between the two countries.

Early Saturday morning local time, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that more than 100 missiles were fired by the USA -led coalition retaliating against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons.

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn Russian Federation.

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U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.

"We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies", it added.

Vladimir Shamanov, who chairs the defense committee of the lower house, said the vessels had departed the Mediterranean base for their own safety - "normal practice" when there were threats of attack.

Alexey Malashenko, a specialist in the Syria conflict, said Washington and Moscow were more likely to remain engaged in a war of words.

Syrian regime forces says more than one 100 missiles were fired against a military base in Syria's central Homs province and the research centre in Barzeh, near Damascus. It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials of victims.

Syria and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, say reports of the attack were fabricated by rebels, and rescue workers in Douma have accused the U.S. of seeking to use it as a pretext to attack the government.

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"It's not satisfactory that these kinds of actions are now happening on a regular basis, where we can't get absolutely watertight proof publicly available in advance, rather than being told to trust the Government - and then an action like this happens".

The Prime Minster, who has spoken with Mr Trump about Syria, won the backing of her ministers to deploy British forces against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime.

His office said he spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing concern about the deterioration of the situation in Syria and calling for more dialogue with Moscow.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the Security Council meeting without referring to either Russian Federation or the U.S., but stressed his deep concern that the growing tensions could spiral into broad conflict. The U.S. Defense Department said it did not comment on potential military actions.

French President Emmanuel Macron proved helpful in the planning of the latest Syrian campaign, the official said.

She also noted that Trump has said "he intends to hold Russian and Iran accountable for enabling the Assad regime and its war crimes".

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