Russian Federation and the United States blocked attempts by each other in the UN Security Council on Tuesday to set up worldwide investigations into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
“As the President noted on April 8, the chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime against innocent civilians in Douma, Syria on April 7 was horrifying, and demands an immediate response from the worldwide community”.
Gerasimov said his country would use its weapons against the U.S. if it made a decision to strike Syrian bases in response to a chemical attack, and if United States action endangered Russian army personnel in the country. She said he will stay home to “oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world”. He further added that whenever we propose a meaningful solution of the Syria conflict, Russian Federation vetoes it. “It is a travesty”.
Haley even said Russian Federation has the “blood of Syrian children” on its hands.
Using chemical weapons is illegal. Mr Trump cancelled a foreign trip to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry responded by saying “smart” missiles would destroy evidence of a chemical attack. Russian Federation said the United States is trying to deceive the global community.
However, back in 2013 when Trump was giving Obama unsolicited Twitter advice on handling Syria, he specifically criticised Obama for telegraphing his plans and squandering the “element of surprise”.
Macron said any action would “target chemical weapons” stocks in Syria.
The statement was the latest in a war of words raging between Washington and Moscow since Saturday’s suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town Douma, just outside Damascus, which killed more than 40 people according to activists and first responders.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Pentagon is ready to provide options for a Syria strike in response to a suspected chemical attack, but noted the US and its allies are still gathering information.
Amid the unprecedented tension between the two former Cold War adversaries, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian government evacuated forces from a number of air bases around the country.
The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, speaking earlier on Wednesday, said parliament should be given a say on any military action May wants to take.
Even residents of the capital were bracing themselves.
“I think his threats are to be feared, and we should take them seriously”.
Trump did not detail what a strike would look like, or whether these would be US missiles.
Douma has been heavily bombed by Syria and Russian Federation making it extremely hard for media, including AFP, to independently verify the claims.
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the OPCW should be granted unfettered access to investigate.
“We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma” where Saturday’s attack took place, said Peter Salama, the United Nations agency’s chief of emergency response.
Worldwide chemical weapons experts are expected to go to Douma to investigate the suspected poison gas attack.