Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Trump warns Russian Federation missiles 'coming' after Syria attack

Trump warns Russian Federation missiles 'coming' after Syria attack

The US, France and the United Kingdom have reportedly backed the former's plan of striking Syria, in response to the alleged chemical attack.

She said: "Before chemical disarmament Mr Assad was the best friend not of Moscow, but of London and Washington".

However, the assumption that the Cook would strike Syria rather than a USA submarine firing Tomahawk missiles from a submerged position, can't be realistically relied upon.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said on April 12.

Meanwhile, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says experts are travelling to Syria and will start investigations on Saturday.

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.

"The United States estimates that (President Bashar) Assad has used chemical weapons in the Syrian war at least 50 times", said Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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The allied operation comes a year after a USA missile strike that Trump said was meant to deter Assad from further use of chemical weapons.

She added that she was surprised Mr Trump tweeted that Russian Federation should "get ready" because missiles "will be coming, new and new and "smart".

Russian Federation wants experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to go to Syria as "quickly as possible", with the Kremlin providing help, she added.

Western officials believe chlorine was used in Saturday's attack on Douma, the main city in the longtime rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, where the British government now estimates 75 people were killed.

As Trump embarked on a White House address to announce the action - taken in defiance of Russia´s threat to respond - explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus, signalling a new chapter in a brutal seven-year-old civil war.

The chemical attack dispute is expected to further harm Russia-U.S. relations after tensions between the two sides have already soared to a new high following mutual expulsions of large numbers of diplomatic personnel. And the reason for that is because during the Cold War, the US and USSR had channels of communication and they had set up boundaries, which they knew they couldn't go around.

Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, warned that U.S. missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat, the report said. Sanders said the president's national security team to discuss the options regarding Syria.

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The strikes were seen as a middle ground between a limited and largely symbolic strike - such as last year's the US missile attack - and a large-scale assault that either could destroy Syria's chemical weapons or could weaken Bashar Assad's grip on power. But Moscow remains alone because leaders of Western countries have taken the side of the United States, announcing that they will join it if it chose to attack the Assad forces directly.

Since last year's strike, multiple chemical attacks have been reported in opposition areas, a lot of them involving chlorine rather than the nerve agent sarin, as was used in 2017, suggesting the government may have adjusted its tactics.

Assad is supported by Iranian-back fighters as well as the Russian air force and has cemented his control over most of the western, more heavily populated, part of the country.

Vladimir Putin has condemned the air strikes on Syria by UK, US and French governments as an "act of aggression".

"Even non-significant incidents would lead to new waves of migrants to Europe and to other consequences, which neither we nor our European neighbours need", Lavrov said.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War", he tweeted, a day after his country and Russian Federation clashed diplomatically in the UN Security Council over the draft resolutions to deal with the allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria by the Syrian forces.

The White House said Trump had yet to reach a "final decision" following a Thursday meeting with his national security advisors - and would confer again with his French and British allies, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May.

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