'Immediate priority is to avert the danger of war', says Russian Federation

'Immediate priority is to avert the danger of war', says Russian Federation

'Immediate priority is to avert the danger of war', says Russian Federation

President Trump has issued another stern warning to Russian Federation for its alleged role in a suspected chemical attack in Syria over the weekend.

The White House said such targeted sanctions would help to ensure that Russian oligarchs profiting from the Kremlin's destabilising activities, including its interference of Western democratic elections in 2016 and 2017, would face consequences for their actions.

President Assad launched a bloody offensive on Eastern Ghouta along with Russian military assistance. Thousands of Russian troops and military advisers are stationed at military facilities across Syria, where they have been supporting President Bashar Assad's 7-year-old efforts to crush the rebellion against his rule.

"Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'".

The Syrian government, Iran, and Russian Federation have vocally denied involvement in Saturday's attack, and accused rebels in Douma of fabricating the chemical assault, describing the manoeuvres as "propaganda" and a "hoax" to sabotage the deal to end fighting in Douma and evacuate civilians as well as Jaish Al-Islam rebels and their families.

A day before a team from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Sergey Lavrov said Russian experts have already inspected the site of the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical weapons.

President Bashar al-Assad's government - which receives military backing from Russian Federation - denies any responsibility for the attack, putting the blame on local rebels.

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said.

After Trump's tweet, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor with a network of sources on the ground, reported that pro-government forces were emptying main airports and military air bases.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an emergency cabinet meeting for Thursday, while French President Emmanuel Macron is to decide on a response in the coming days, having insisted he does "not want an escalation" and that any response would focus on Syria's chemical capabilities, not on allies of the regime.

They are also said to be considering charging U.S. airlines for using Russian airspace.

The council failed on Tuesday to approve three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

A tweet from President Trump, which backtracked from his Wednesday warning that missiles soon would be heading toward Syria, further contributed to the sense that the threat of a conflagration was receding.

"We continue to observe unsafe military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council. After alleging the strike was associated with chemical facilities and storage sites, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford said it was a one-time strike, and it was completed in less than 60 minutes. But he said he personally believes it was an "inexcusable" use of chemical weapons. The Syrian authorities said they would open all gates for them.

"We also invited the newly-elected USA president to visit us, because it was presumed that the meeting between Russian and United States presidents would be held in Vladimir Putin's native city of St. Petersburg".

Rather they were "in response to the totality of the Russian government's ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern of malign activity around the world".

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, suggesting the government may have adjusted its tactics.

The scheduled United Nations debate comes after U.S. United States officials noted that Washington was still assessing intelligence and coordinating allies.

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