Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia urged the United States and its allies on Thursday to refrain from military action against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack and said he "cannot exclude" war between Washington and Moscow...
But after the meeting the White House said the US president has not yet made a "final decision" on its Syria response. Yevgeny Serberennikov, from the defence committee at the Federation Council, told the RIA Novosti news agency that Russia is eager for the OPCW to "finally start carrying out the functions it was created for". At least 40 people were killed and hundreds more were injured. He said, "I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in". He cautioned that even if inspectors confirmed chemical weapons were used in Douma, "we will not know who did it".
"Our strategy remains the same as a year ago", he said. The president took to Twitter (as per usual) and wrote that the attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all".
Later Thursday he was noncommittal.
Currently in residence at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, O'Connell says reprisal attacks are a serious breach of the United Nations charter.
Mattis said options would be discussed with Trump at a meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday afternoon.
Contradicting that narrative is the state of Israel, which has proven through over 100 alleged strikes inside Syria since 2012 that it is indeed possible to operate in the skies over Damascus, hit critical targets successfully, and return to base safely. He's often said he doesn't like to broadcast in advance what he would do, in terms of military strikes. An America that is either afraid or unwilling to act is a weakened America - a publicly weakened America - and to truly put America first, one of Trump's core agenda items should be restoring the image of a powerful nation.
The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and dangerous actions ... that would have consequences beyond conjecture".
It is the latest chapter of suffering in the Syrian conflict. Mr. Trump called out Putin along with the leadership in Iran for backing Assad, who he referred to as "Animal Assad". Initial reports indicated the use of chlorine gas, possibly in addition to the nerve agent Sarin.
The BBC said Mrs May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in action led by the United States without seeking prior approval from Parliament.
Macron said he had proof Assad's government was behind the attack on Saturday, while Damascus has denied involvement in the attack.
More than 60 reemerged full of fighters and their relatives and were waiting at a gathering point on the edge of Ghouta for the rest of the buses, state media reported. Britain charged again that it was Russia, but Moscow insisted the findings mean nothing.
Russia retaliated with a war of words.
Russian jamming equipment has been documented on the frontline on numerous occasions, and other elements of their electronic warfare capabilities have also been recorded.
The president today played down talk that he might fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia investigation.