Russian Federation calls an emergency session to discuss strikes on Syria

  • Russian Federation calls an emergency session to discuss strikes on Syria

Russian Federation calls an emergency session to discuss strikes on Syria

Ambassador Nikki Haley addressed the U.N. Security Council in emergency session ahead of a vote called by Russian Federation to attempt to block USA action.

Russian Federation recently stated "it would certainly react to any sort of United States missiles shot on Syria by shooting all of them down" and even "targeting their launch locations".

Asked about Trump's tweet about an impending attack on Syria, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who ran the Pentagon for President Bill Clinton, said on CNN that it "compromises the mission somewhat". Trump wrote on Twitter, raising the prospect that an attack might not be as imminent as he seemed to suggest the day before.

He said the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of worldwide peace and security and stressed "the need to avoid the situation from spiraling out of control".

"We all know who did this", Haley said.

That did not necessarily signal, however, that Trump was cooling to the idea of military action, especially given the high stakes in Syria. "We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies". But he said he personally believes it was an "inexcusable" use of chemical weapons.

Macron said the attack was "limited to the Syrian regime's facilities enabling the production and employment of chemical weapons".

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged by humanitarian groups. This is in contrast to an incident one year ago in which the USA government had video and other evidence of certain aspects of an actual attack by Syrian aircraft, which involved the use of sarin gas. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

"We have information indicating Russian intelligence service interest in the Skripals, dating back at least as far as 2013, when email accounts belonging to Yulia Skripal were targeted by GRU cyber specialists", he said, referring to Russia's foreign military intelligence agency.

On Thursday, Russia's military said Douma has been brought under full control of the Syrian government under a Russia-mediated deal that secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!", he threatened.

The deputy added that Russia's retaliatory measures also provide for the suspension of cooperation with the United States in the nuclear, aircraft-making and rocket-propulsion sectors.

The United States has blamed the Syrian government for a deadly chemical weapons attack this month and slammed Russian Federation for failing to stop its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, as Western allies considered military strikes on Syria.

Asked if he was referring to a war between the United States and Russian Federation, he told reporters: "We can not exclude any possibilities unfortunately because we saw messages that are coming from Washington".

Russian currency and stock markets, preoccupied with the threat of US military action in Syria and the fallout from Washington's new sanctions, did not react to the draft legislation, which will be discussed in the lower house next week.

The US gave no details of civilian or military casualties, but its military leaders insisted targets had been chosen carefully to minimise civilian casualties, but maximise the message intended for the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

He said he would also strive to prevent an escalation of conflict across the Middle East.