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Syria attack: Western Allies weigh military action

13 April 2018

At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the USA and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 US presidential election and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"I think that some sort of a strike will be carried out [by the U.S. on Syria, ]" the senator noted, adding that he take Trump's tweet about "smart" missiles seriously, firstly because there was a precedent a year ago when the USA hit the Shayrat Airbase, and secondly the American president is now demanded to take inclusive measures on Syria.

Before that, Abe will meet Trump in the United States next week with the aim of getting Japan's interests on the agenda of a proposed meeting in May or June between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Donald Trump warned Russian Federation that U.S. missiles to Syria "will be coming, nice and new and "smart!" in a tweet Wednesday morning".

In a tweet, Trump said that he "never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

Chancellor Angela Merkel said after speaking with Macron on Thursday that Germany won't participate in possible military action in Syria, but supports sending a message that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.

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Members of the cabinet will return to London later to discuss the government's response to the suspected chemical attack on Douma.

"We have the proof that chemical weapons - at least chlorine gas - were used by Assad's regime", Macron told France's TF1 television.

The reports come following Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's demands that Parliament be given a say before military action is taken.

"Get ready, Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart"". In that meeting, Assad protested that allegations of chemical weapons use against his regime are a sign that Europe and the United States are displeased with his victories against rebels on the ground. -Russian hostilities. TASS news agency quoted him as saying he believed common sense would prevail.

He also said, "There is no reason for this". "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" On Tuesday, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon told local media, "If there is a strike by the Americans, then. the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired".

The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook sails in the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey August 28, 2015.

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As tensions mount between the U.S. and Russian Federation over a possible USA strike, the Kremlin said a crisis communications link with the United States meant to avoid an accidental clash over Syria was being used by both sides.

There is no guarantee lawmakers would rubber-stamp a decision for military strikes.

Macron did not specify whether France is planning military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkinhad, warned they would shoot down U.S. rockets and "even the sources that launched the missiles" - suggesting they could hit American aircraft or warships. She called the Syrian government a "murderous regime".

The Daily Telegraph newspaper said May had ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Syrian military. "So we're looking at that very strongly and very seriously".

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