Britons baulk at conflict with Russian Federation over Syria


A Downing Street spokesperson said Mrs May, Mr Trump and Mr Macron had agreed that "reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria were utterly reprehensible".

VideoEdward Djerejian, former US ambassador to Syria, discusses President Trump's options in responding to the chemical weapon attack in Syria. At least 43 people were killed Saturday night from suspected exposure, while some 500 patients poured into medical facilities that had been also been bombed, the organization said.

"The situation is tense", Mr Peskov said, adding that Russian Federation is calling for an "unprejudiced and objective investigation before making judgments" on chemical weapons use.

Trump earlier warned on Twitter that "missiles will be coming" to Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack and that Russian Federation should "get ready".

In addition to having two destroyers nearby, it is possible the United States also has unacknowledged submarines positioned off the coast of Syria ready to fire satellite-guided, highly precise Tomahawk cruise missiles - the very type of smart missiles the President tweeted about.

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"We support serious approaches", the Kremlin said.

Any countries that carry out a strike on Syria over the chemical weapons attack could also defend their action under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which covers an individual or collective right to self-defense against armed attack.

"Get ready, Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart".

On Wednesday, he offered the clearest sign yet of his willingness to attack Syria, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and criticizing Moscow for standing by Assad.

Russian Federation and Bolivia on Tuesday vetoed a US -drafted United Nations resolution that would have condemned the suspected chemical attack and set up a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria.

"Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation", tweeted Trump, who has been accused of being overly indulgent to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mattis also ignored a question about whether he was concerned about telegraphing United States military moves in Syria, a question appearing to refer to Trump's earlier tweet on Wednesday.

May has not yet reached a final decision on whether Britain will join any strikes by the United States and France on Syria in response to a supposed chemical weapons attack, but the British premier wants to be able to act swiftly, the newspaper said.

Russian Federation and Syria both claim the chemical attack reports are bogus and have denied any involvement, with Moscow accusing activist group the Syrian White Helmets of faking the attack.

However, the officials failed to comment whether the Syrian moves would influence the U.S. military plans.

Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government.

Shortly after warning that missiles were coming, Trump tweeted that the US "relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".

By inviting the global chemical weapons watchdog to send a fact-finding mission to Syria, the government claimed it proved it was innocent of the allegations of using chemical weapons.

Battle damage assessment image of Shayrat Airfield, Syria, is seen in this DigitalGlobe satellite image, released by the Pentagon following U.S. Tomahawk Land Attack Missile strikes from Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, the USS Ross and USS Porter on April 7, 2017.