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RUSSIA: Moscow says 'immediate priority is to avert the danger of war'

16 April 2018, 02:40 | Justin Tyler

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President Trump has sent mixed messages on the USA response, warning Russian Federation in a tweet Wednesday to "get ready" for US missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for the attack.

"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said.

The General Command of the Syrian Army stressed the air defense repelled most of the missiles fired by the USA in a joint attack with United Kingdom and France against civilian and military targets within Syria. The war and politics of Syria are broadly going its way.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under briefing rules, said it appeared that almost all the Syrian surface-to-air defenses were fired after the allied missiles hit their targets.

"They've got to look tough, like they're not letting this happen", Zilberman said, predicting that Russia's aggressive attitude would continue and US-Russia ties only degrade further. "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" his tweet read. Trump tweeted, referring to Moscow's alliance with Assad.

Haley also took aim at Russia's claim that the United Kingdom helped fake the attacks in order to garner support for the US -led strike.

"It was palpable, the fear", said Vladimir Frolov, an independent foreign-policy analyst in Moscow. Trump said in his remarks Friday.

The answer was: it's a secret; we can not provide this data. Could military action from Washington and its allies trigger an armed confrontation with Putin's Russian Federation, a resentful nuclear-armed foe? "The United States, France and the United Kingdom acted after careful evaluation of the facts". However, there is some evidence it was sprayed from helicopters, they said.

Russia's Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi during a briefing in the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, April 14.

After Trump's tweet, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said pro-government forces were emptying main airports and military air bases. During one speech, he said, "We must as a nation be more unpredictable".

On Friday, before Trump's announcement, Tass reported that the Russian Navy was monitoring us and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ships in the eastern Mediterranean. Any US strike would probably involve the navy, given the risk to aircraft from Russian and Syrian air defenses. A US guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

Friday's strikes appear to signal Trump's willingness to draw the United States more deeply into the Syrian conflict.

The head of one militia that falls under the PMF umbrella, Qais al-Khazali, was involved in attacking coalition troops during the Iraq war and was imprisoned for several years, before his release in late 2009 in exchange for a British man whom his group held hostage. That sealed a huge victory for Assad, crushing a long rebellion in the eastern Ghouta region near the capital Damascus.

He said worldwide investigators were in Syria and ready to visit the site of a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack in Douma, which prompted military action by the United States, France and Britain.

The Russian military says that an alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged and directed by Britain. Syrian media, for its part, reported that the military had destroyed 20 missiles over Damascus alone.

"The big concern here is always mistakes, unintended consequences", said Zilberman.

"Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation".

President Donald Trump has already threatened via Twitter that the United States will launch a missile into the heart of Damascus.

"We expect the mission to go without any delay to Douma where Russian specialists who examined this place have not found any confirmations of the use of chemical weapons", he said.

There is a heightened "danger of escalation" because of the Russian military presence in Syria, Nebenzia said after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY.

Mr Nebenzia also called for the UN Security Council to meet again on Friday to discuss the possibility of Western military action.

A pre-designed scenario is being implemented.

Sputnik: I just want to ask your opinion on the legality of this, of carrying out missiles strikes in terms of global law. Russian Federation is Assad's most powerful ally and its devastating air power has helped him wrest back large areas of territory from rebels since 2015.

With Donald Trump weighing strikes on Syria but Moscow warning of "grave repercussions" to any military action, an escalation seems increasingly likely even as analysts play down a direct clash between Russian Federation and the US.

Volunteer first responders and activists said a chemical attack by the Syrian government killed more than 40 people in the town of Douma, which drew worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

Macron claimed in a TV interview Thursday that he had "proof" that Assad's regime had used chemical weapons and vowed a response "in due course". And that's because the resolution 3314 of the General Assembly, in article 1 gives us a definition of aggression and it's very obvious what's happening since aggression is the use of armed force by a state against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another state: that's pretty much what's taking place.

Syria's Russian-supplied air defences shot down an Israeli F-16 jet in February during a previous bombing run against what Israel described as Iranian-backed positions in Syria. Last year, the United States carried out strikes from two Navy destroyers against a Syrian air base after another deadly toxic gas attack on a rebel-controlled area.

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