Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

West hesitates on Syria response as Russian Federation warns of 'war'

Russia: Britain staged fake chemical attack in Syria Russian companies to feel severe effect of US sanctions, says Fitch
| 14 April, 2018, 22:19

Anti-aircraft fire is seen over Damascus, Syria early April 14, 2018. "But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree", Haley told the U.N. Security Council.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce, meanwhile, rejected a charge by a Russian defense ministry spokesman that Britain was involved in staging a fake chemical weapons attack in Douma.

According to Interfax news agency, Russia's defense ministry also said that Syria intercepted the US and allied attacks using Soviet-produced hardware, including the Buk missile system.

The vote reflected the deep divisions in the UN's most powerful body, which has been paralysed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and chemical weapons use in the country.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has been urging caution in meetings, trying to avoid a strike that would trigger a broader conflict, two U.S. officials said. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Western intervention in Syria would "lead to new waves of migrants to Europe".

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication", after inspection by Russian chemical experts, according to The Associated Press.

The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and unsafe actions ... that would have consequences beyond conjecture".


Since 2015 France has carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria as part of allied forces linked to the USA -led coalition, conducting about 5 percent of total coalition air missions.

Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's U.N. ambassador said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation.

A Downing Street spokesperson added: "They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

Apart from Macron's phone conversation with Putin, NATO members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action. "Our intelligence tells us otherwise".

Trump has slammed Russian Federation for its partnership with "Gas Killing Animal" Assad, spurring concerns that a United States strike could lead to a conflict with Russian Federation, which has major military facilities at Tartus and Khmeimim and works cheek-by-jowl with Syria forces that could be targeted. The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad.

He met his national security team later in the day and "no final decision has been made", the White House said in a statement.

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