Russian Federation warns of 'dangerous' escalation over Syria

  • Russian Federation warns of 'dangerous' escalation over Syria

Russian Federation warns of 'dangerous' escalation over Syria

Meanwhile, Syrian state media said us -led air strikes caused material damage only at a scientific research centre in the Barzeh district of Damascus on Friday.

Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's U.N. ambassador said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation.

Trump said Washington is prepared to "sustain" pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

Trump mocked Moscow's threat to shoot down any USA missiles targeting Syria and pilloried Moscow for its ties to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Following a private meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Nebenzia also told reporters that, unfortunately, military action by the western allies could not be excluded as a possibility.

Top military officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, warned Trump during an afternoon meeting Thursday that he risks escalating U.S. involvement in Syria if he goes forward with the type of aggressive bombing campaign he has pushed over the past week, according to United States and Western officials briefed on the conversation. Prime-time talk shows on Russian state TV featured senior lawmakers and military experts engaging in heated discussions of possible scenarios of a clash between Russia and the USA, all the way to an all-out nuclear war.

A White House briefing on a call between Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May said that they "continued their discussion of the need for a joint response to Syria's use of chemical weapons".

At a press conference on Saturday, Mrs May said that the air strikes in Syria should act as a warning to Russian Federation over its use of chemical weapons.

"The United States and its allies have no proof and, without even waiting for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] to take a position, have carried out this military attack", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

A senior French official noted that President Emmanuel Macron did not tell Putin about the strikes when they spoke on the phone Friday, but "certain de-confliction mechanisms" had already been triggered by that point, and "both knew that a new phase was going to begin quickly".

On Wednesday, the president tweeted that United States missiles "will be coming" and told Russian Federation, which has forces in Syria, to "get ready".

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to receive credentials from foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia April 11, 2018. Trump tweeted, referring to Moscow's alliance with Assad.

Asked to comment on possible US strikes, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Thursday that "it's necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria". After he cornered the rodent, it turned back on him and attacked. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

"I want to state categorically ... that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon", she said, the Guardian reported.

United States officials suspect the Russia-backed Assad regime is behind the attack.

"Those three countries - the US, Britain and France - if they think they can attack us and attack our sovereignty, at the time, we would have no other choice except applying Article 51 of the charter that gives us the right to defend ourselves, the legitimate right to defend ourselves", Jaafari said. But the administration appeared determined to deliver on the president's threat to punish the use of poison gas.