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West holds back Syria attack plan

West holds back Syria attack plan West holds back Syria attack plan
Sammy Stanley | 14 April, 2018, 14:10

Nebenzya also said there was no confirmed evidence that chemical weapons had been used in the April 7 Douma attack, and that the USA and its allies had "demonstrated they have no interest in an investigation", although worldwide chemical weapons inspectors have been sent to Syria to conduct an inquiry. But, of course, we're dealing with every single case on a case-by-case basis.

Moscow strongly warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.

In a televised briefing on Friday, Russia's Ministry of Defence repeated the government's stance that the attack was faked, adding that it had proof that Britain participated in its staging.

At this crucial juncture, Trump would do well with a full range of diplomatic options, but his message appears to suggest that the Russia-collusion investigation is limiting what he can do and puts the global order in peril.

US and Russian forces most recently clashed in February, when USA strikes killed dozens of Russian citizens helping Syria's government attack a rebel base.

The Foreign Office said accusations made by Moscow that Britain directed the attack on Douma were "ludicrous".

One of Trump's most vociferous critiques of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama during the 2016 campaign was that they were too transparent about what they would do with our military forces - allowing the enemy to know our next move and plan for it.

The Russian military also claimed Syria shot down the cruise missiles that were launched at a Syrian air base. And the three allies are considering a joint military strike in retaliation.

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The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and risky actions ... that would have consequences beyond conjecture". France is already involved in the USA -led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. "The US- the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame other countries".

Separate analysis by the United States, France and Britain have concluded that a chemical attack took place on Saturday in the rebel-held town of Douma, said Haley. The U.S.is also likely to be joined by other countries, particularly France and perhaps the United Kingdom.

But they also note that, just as the Trump administration is now having to increase the scale of its strike, the Kremlin too may have to ratchet up its reaction to any new strikes. A US guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean. And since Russian soldiers are working closely with Assad's troops, it's tough to target Syria without putting Russians in the crosshairs as well.

"Like the American and the French, we have drawn red lines for ourselves, the violation of which, without the promised Russian response, will mean a loss of face", Frolov wrote in an article for the magazine, Republic.

It was a marked escalation in force compared to a USA strike launched a year ago, when only cruise missiles were used against a single airfield.

The statement signaled Moscow's readiness to protect its ally even if it entails a direct clash with the U.S.

"For Russia the conflict around Syria has always been about bigger things, primarily the new world order, the rules-settling, changing what Moscow has seen as detrimental United States policies". It is likely that any strike on Syria will be launched first from the Georgia.

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