Russia warns US of "dangerous" escalation over Syria

Russia warns US of

The US, France and the United Kingdom have reportedly backed the former's plan of striking Syria, in response to the alleged chemical attack.

Trump has pressed military leaders to develop plans for a sustained assault on Syrian regime targets in response to last weekend's chemical attack, the officials said.

On Wednesday, Iran vowed to retaliate for the recent attack on the T-4 base in Syria, while blaming Israel for the strike.

After the Pentagon said the strikes were over, Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov issued a statement on Twitter accusing the allies of "a pre-designed scenario" against Russia and Syria.

"We expect the mission to go without any delay to Douma where Russian specialists who examined this place have not found any confirmations of the use of chemical weapons", he said.

General Igor Konashenkov, another spokesman for Russia's defence ministry, claims Russian intelligence has strong evidence which proves Great Britain had knowledge of and direct involvement in the attack. Not for decades, they said, had the United States and Russian Federation come so close to a direct military clash.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, blasted Russia Friday for supporting Assad, telling the security council that "if Russia had lived up to its commitment, there would be no chemical weapons in Syria".

Experts who spoke to Business Insider about the recent military tensions between the USA and Syria over Russian Federation have unanimously said that Russian Federation is bluffing, and that they don't want a conventional war with the United States, as they would quickly and soundly lose.

The United States and its ally France assailed Syria's Bashar al-Assad at the United Nations on Friday for using chemical weapons as the prospect of US-led military action that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East.

"The situation in the world is becoming more chaotic", he continued, "nevertheless we still hope that common sense will eventually prevail"- seemingly alluding to Trump's dramatic tweet.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated Friday that chemical weapons were used in an attack in Syria that left scores dead and she blamed Russian Federation for complicity, as the Trump administration continues to weigh how to retaliate and Russian Federation maintains its denial that the attack took place. President Macron has publicly announced that there are irrefutable facts that prove the chemical weapons were used in Douma by, what they call, the "Assad regime".

Mattis said no decision had been made about carrying out missile strikes.

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Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump's threats to attack are "reckless" and endanger global peace and security.

"America's war against Syria, and against the region's peoples and resistance movement, will not achieve its aims", Hezbollah said in a statement published on its War Media Channel.

Also, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said Wednesday that his country would respond to any USA missiles fired at Syria by shooting them down and targeting their launch sites.

But the strikes threaten to deepen the growing conflict between the USA and Russian Federation, which threatened earlier in the week to shoot down any us missiles targeting Assad, and effectively turn Syria into a proxy battleground between the two Cold War powers.

The foreign minister said Moscow and Washington need to broaden channels for communication and cooperation, especially given the extremely alarming atmosphere between the two sides.

Russia's United Nations ambassador warned that US-led strikes could lead to a confrontation between the world's two preeminent nuclear powers.

"They've got to look tough, like they're not letting this happen", Zilberman said, predicting that Russia's aggressive attitude would continue and US-Russia ties only degrade further.

Since last year's strike, multiple chemical attacks have been reported in opposition areas, a lot of them involving chlorine rather than the nerve agent sarin, as was used in 2017, suggesting the government may have adjusted its tactics.

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone with Putin and expressed concern about a worsening situation.

The strategy that unfolded this week included a deception in which Navy warships were maneuvered to persuade the Russians - falsely - that the ships would take part in a strike, the official said.

Russia, which has stonewalled diplomatic efforts at the UN Security Council, has vehemently denied a chemical attack took place and accused the West of seeking an excuse for military action.

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