President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday that missiles “will be coming” in response to the 7 April gas attack.
“You don’t rush decisions like this”, Haley told reporters, adding that if there is haste “you make a mistake”.
Ali Akbar Velayati, speaking in the Syrian capital on Thursday, said he visited eastern Ghouta a day earlier, calling the capture of the Damascus suburbs one of the most important victories of the seven-year civil war.
Wednesday: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russian military inspectors found no evidence of a chemical attack.
There was no immediate confirmation or indication from Assad’s government that Syrian troops entered Douma on Thursday.
A day before a team from the global chemical weapons watchdog watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Sergey Lavrov said Russian experts have already inspected the site of the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical weapons.
But President Bashar al-Assad’s government – which receives military backing from Russian Federation – denies being behind any chemical attack.
The planes fired Storm Shadow missiles at a facility where the United Kingdom said the Assad “regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled”.
“Today, the role of diplomacy and the diplomat has taken on special significance”, the Russian leader said’.
After Trump’s tweet, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor with a network of sources on the ground, reported that pro-government forces were emptying main airports and military air bases.
In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May met with her top leadership team Thursday to discuss backing military action in Syria.
They are also said to be considering charging USA airlines for using Russian airspace.
Although Mattis noted that military action carried risks, he also emphasized that Syrian use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated.
The possibility of an attack grew larger on Wednesday, after Trump warned Russian Federation, one of Syria’s key supporters in the fight against foreign-backed militancy, to “get ready” to shoot down American missiles over Syria soon. His colleague, Yuri Shvytkin, a deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee said for his part the action is an ill-thought and provocative step by the USA that can lead to unpredictable consequences.
But while the Russian president’s lieutenants continued to up the ante with threats and allegations, Vladimir Putin himself adopted a more statesmanlike tone, in remarks to new ambassadors presenting their credentials at the Kremlin.
While next moves for the administration’s counter response are still under consderation, the president has called off his weekend plans of heading to the Summit of the Americas and instead will be staying in the U.S.to focus on a Syria response.
Here’s who Russian Federation has blamed this week for the alleged chemical attack that killed dozens, including many children. That’s why I supported legislation President Trump signed in March to restore our military readiness that had suffered as a result of budget cuts, and it’s why I supported legislation to authorize the sale of lethal weapons to Ukraine as they continue to resist Russian invasion and occupation.
The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any use of banned weapons.
The allies struck three targets, according to General Dunford: A chemical weapons research centre in the area described as Greater Damascus, a storage facility and a storage facility that also housed a command post.
Lavrov noted that Russian and US militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it’s not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.
“The danger of escalation is higher than simply Syria because our military is there”. He said at least one chemical was used – chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a USA military response.