Russian Federation warns U.S. against Syria strike

Wednesday, 11 Apr, 2018

Global chemical weapons experts will go to the Syrian town of Douma to investigate a suspected poison gas attack, their organisation said on Tuesday, as the United States and other Western powers consider military action over the incident. He suggested Syria's main military ally, Russia, would "pay a price".

News of Russia's jamming capability comes just after an alleged chemical weapons attack killed at least 40 civilians, including women and children, in the Syrian city of Douma on Saturday.

This will be the second trip to the region for Vice President Mike Pence, who met with leaders in Colombia, Argentina and Panama in August. "Everybody's gonna pay a price. He will, everybody will".

May is not obliged to seek parliamentary approval, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the US -led invasion of Iraq. A Navy destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, was underway in the eastern Mediterranean after completing a port call in Cyprus.

Last week, Trump said the United States was strongly considering taking USA troops out of Syria. Sen.

Away from the UN's deliberations, a prominent Israeli military analyst said on Monday that Israel's reported strike on an Assad regime air base in central Syria early Monday had sent "a moral message that using chemical weapons is not acceptable".

Mrs May promised to work with other countries ahead of a showdown at the UN Security Council on Monday.

"Nothing is off the table", Trump said, when asked about a military response.

She said: "The responsibility for the cruelty in Syria belongs to Syria and its backers in Russian Federation and Iran".

The United States, meanwhile, was urging the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution that would condemn the continuing use of chemical weapons in Syria "in the strongest terms" and establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks.

She added: "Meetings are ongoing".

The White House says President Donald Trump will skip an upcoming summit in South America and will remain in the United States to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world".

Meanwhile, a USA official on Monday confirmed to Fox News that Israel conducted an airstrike on a Bashar al-Assad air base in Syria on Sunday night.

He criticized Russian Federation for what he suggested was its failure to ensure the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under terms of a 2013 agreement.

The Pentagon chief said he would not rule out a USA military strike against Syria in response to a suspected poison gas attack.

"The likeliest option is exactly what we saw before - an airstrike that the president puts forward as a so-called tough response but doesn't do very much to degrade Assad's forces or to punish him for his ongoing use of chemical weapons", said Jonah Blank, an analyst at RAND Corp.

Bloomberg View: Expect Trump to Strike Syrian Forces Again, With the Same Result - "If the past is prelude, we should expect a USA strike sometime soon against Syrian airfields".

May had earlier agreed the same thing in a call with French President Emmanuel Macron. The great evil of chemical weapons use that once unified the world in opposition is on the verge of becoming the new normal.

Pence "will expand the regional coalition against Venezuela's dictatorship and demonstrate why the USA should remain Latin America's economic partner of choice", Quintana said.

The alleged attack came as Syrian forces were on the verge of reclaiming Douma, the last town held by rebels in Eastern Ghouta, an area east of Damascus which has been besieged for six years and the focus of a renewed government offensive launched in mid-February.

However, Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the UN, insisted America "will respond" whether the UN Security Council acts or not.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin - a former IDF intelligence chief who now serves as executive director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) - added that it was important "that Israel make its voice heard" in opposing the use of chemical weapons. Russian Federation said there is no evidence Syria carried out such an attack.

One year ago this month, Trump ordered dozens of cruise missiles to be fired at a Syrian air base after declaring there was no doubt Assad had "choked out the lives of helpless" civilians in an attack that used banned gases.

Lord Hague, who was foreign secretary when then prime minister David Cameron lost a Commons vote he wanted to back action in Syria, said the aftermath of the defeat left the United Kingdom "enfeebled spectators of one of the most destructive conflagrations of our time".