Russian Federation warns of 'dangerous' escalation over Syria

Russian Federation warns of 'dangerous' escalation over Syria

"Russia condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack against Syria, where Russian military personnel are assisting the legitimate government in its counterterrorism efforts", Putin said in English language statement posted Saturday on the Kremlin's website. A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the the lead, could send a message of worldwide unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons and counter Syria's political and military support from Russian Federation and Iran.

They do not want to let terrorists go from Syria into Russian Federation, she added.

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.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council Friday that "there is no military solution to the conflict".

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said an attack on Syria by the United States, France and Britain was a crime and would not achieve any gains.

Saturday's attack on the then rebel-held Damascus suburb of Ghouta reportedly left more than 40 people dead, and dramatically raised the stakes for outside powers.

President Vladimir Putin later referred to this claim, saying on April 4 that Russian Federation had "irrefutable proof" that rebels were planning an attack with "poisonous substances".

Trump warned on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to the Douma incident. He was speaking a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said France had proof there was a chemical attack - also without revealing what that evidence was. But he added that "we can not exclude" the possibility of Western air strikes escalating into a broader conflict in light of what he called Washington's "bellicose" messages to Russian Federation this week. "However, we used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year", said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

This was playing with fire after Russia - Syria's strongest ally - had warned that a missile attack would be met with force by Moscow, raising fears of a straight fight between the U.S. and Russia.

Fortunately, the US-led strikes were carefully tailored not to hit Russian or Iranian interests in Syria.

Russia, at least in its public pronouncements, is also more determined not to back down. 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.

Dana W. White, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, said that to her knowledge no one in the Defence Department communicated with Moscow in advance, other than the acknowledged use of a military-to-military hotline that has routinely helped minimize the risk of U.S.

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Meanwhile, the world is holding its breath.

Why is the West considering military action? Her father remains hospitalized but British health officials say he is improving.

"We came to Syria at the invitation of the people". At the weekend, Israeli jets hit a Syrian airbase housing Iranian forces and Russian Federation did not respond.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", she added, echoing earlier warnings that Western powers could strike again.

"The current escalation of the situation around Syria has a devastating impact on the whole system of worldwide relations", said Mr Putin.

It first emerged after the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, which took place in UK's Salisbury region.

"Nevertheless, none of the protagonists have any interest in a direct confrontation, as shown by the absence of any Russian reaction to last year's American strikes", Toucas argued. It also appeared created to sidestep Russian forces in Syria.

The Trump administration did not lay the blame only at the feet of Syria's leader.

As a matter of national security, Trump must speak clearly about why and how Russian Federation is a threat.

"Certainly for domestic consumption they've got to look like they're not rolling over for Israel, for the United States or for France or whoever else".

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May held a special cabinet meeting to consider whether Britain should join the USA and France in possible military action.