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

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"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", Trump said.

Moscow on Wednesday said the United States should strike rebels rather than "the legitimate government" in Syria.

Meanwhile, James Mattis, US defence secretary, did not rule out any military action against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The comments appear to row back on President Donald Trump's earlier warning to Russian Federation that it should "get ready" for missile strikes in Syria.

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the US-led invasion of Iraq.

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Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United States counterpart Donald Trump discussed the crisis in Syria during a telephone conversation late on Wednesday, a Turkish presidential source said.

The Russian army has continued to deny their side's latest victory came after Assad launched a chemical attack on the last rebel-held pocket of the enclave in the Damascus suburbs, instead accusing the White Helmets civil defense organization of staging the supposed gas assault.

"We don't simply up and leave. the diplomats without a leg to stand on against people who have no diplomatic inclination", Mattis said.

But this year, should the United States and allies like Britain, France and others from the Middle East launch strikes on Syria, the government could have more time to prepare itself.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria". Last weekend's apparent chemical weapons strike, on the town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus, succeeded in provoking the withdrawal of remaining rebels from one of the last urban areas they held.

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Even before those revelations, sources told CNN that Trump was already convinced that Mueller, who referred information about Cohen to prosecutors in NY, had busted out of his lane of probing alleged Russian election collusion.

Asked whether the USA military was ready to conduct an attack in Syria if ordered, Mattis replied, "We stand ready to provide military options if they're appropriate, as the president determined".

Damascus agreed to hand over its chemical arsenal in 2013, narrowly avoiding American and French air strikes in retaliation for a suspected sarin attack.

"That is obstruction of justice ....it deeply worries me because it would throw this country into complete crisis", the California Democrat said. "I don't think it caused any harm because I know Assad and Russians are expecting something to happen".

The losses followed a strong session on Tuesday in which stocks rallied after a conciliatory speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping raised hopes a US-China trade war could be averted.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an emergency cabinet meeting for Thursday, while French President Emmanuel Macron is to decide on a response in the coming days, having insisted he does "not want an escalation" and that any response would focus on Syria's chemical capabilities, not on allies of the regime. A US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean. The US-drafted resolution would have allowed investigators to apportion blame for the suspected attack, while Russia's version would have left that to the Security Council. This was the first significant use of chemical weapons in a war in which 100,000 tons of chemical agents would be used by both sides to kill nearly 30,000 soldiers and injure 500,000.

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