He added that both sides should avoid a military confrontation, and said "we are ready to hold negotiations". The president also called Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who signed off on Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey past year, "conflicted".
"Russia's protection of the Assad regime and failure to stop the use of chemical weapons in Syria calls into question its commitment to resolving the overall crisis". "We don't want bombardment which leads to escalation and a hot war between the United States and Russian Federation over the skies of Syria".
The latest threatening bellicose tone from the White House, and the pressure from the military not to give Russian Federation time to prepare its air defenses inside Syria, raises questions about whether the U.S. would wait for a British parliamentary endorsement for action. Russian military specialists who visited the location of the alleged attack after the militants left the area, found no signs of chemical weapons use or victims of the purported incident.
"Consultations are ongoing between the allies and they will not let matters progress as Washington wants", Shaaban told al-Mayadeen, describing the alliance as including Syria, Iran, Russia and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.
The military action marked the first direct American assault on Assad's Government.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that US and allied officials were assessing intelligence related to the attack Saturday.
Russian Federation immediately responded to Trump's threat on Wednesday. Assad did not respond. On that occasion, the U.S.
British and French forces might be expected to take part in the response to the chemical attack, the former official said. Russia vetoed a USA text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass.
"We are not surprised by this reckless escalation from a regime like the one in the United States, which has and continues to sponsor terrorism in Syria", said the statement, carried by state media. Those systems encircle Damascus and some of Syria's larger bases.
Eurocontrol said that air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles could be used within that period and there was a possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment. He, like Thompson, anxious about the Russian reaction.