Russian Federation vetoed a U.S. draft resolution at the UN Security Council Tuesday that would have established an independent investigation into the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria. US officials have been consulting with France, Britain and other allies on a possible joint military operation, but the timing remained in doubt Wednesday.
Britain's Parliament is in recess until Monday.
The comments come after Theresa May won the backing of her Cabinet for military action against Syrian forces.
The US, the United Kingdom and France are weighing military strikes in Syria over a suspected chemical attack. Another option would be to hit areas housing chemical weapons stocks. Trump said yesterday that the raid undermined attorney-client privilege but many legal experts say such sanctity is conditional and if investigators believe the lawyer may be involved in criminal activity, they may seek, obtain, and execute a search warrant, as they did in this case.
On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed the reports of a chemical attack had been fabricated.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a watchdog group, said it had asked Assad for permission to enter Douma on a fact-finding mission. Or perhaps even worse given that Trump isn't publicly laying out a broad strategy of how to solve the problems surrounding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but rather previewing actual missile launches?
This message was soon followed by another tweet, in which Trump blamed the Democrats for the current poor state of events, saying that "much of the bad blood with Russia" has been caused by the "fake and corrupt" Russiagate investigation.
Poznikhir said that 41,213 people, including 3,354 rebels and 8,642 members of their families have left Douma with the Russian military's assistance.
The hotline runs from the vast US air command center in Qatar to Khmeimim Air Base in Syria where Russian Federation has commanders.
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis and other members of Trump's national security team met Wednesday, after the president warned Russian Federation on Twitter to expect a missile barrage toward its ally, Syria, saying "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" "Russia was supposed to guarantee Assad would not use chemical weapons, and Russian Federation did the opposite".
Trump tempered those remarks on Thursday and even as he consulted allies such and Britain and France, who could join in any USA -led strikes on Syria, there were signs of efforts to prevent the crisis from spiraling out of control.
The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that 43 people had died in Saturday's attack on Douma from "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals", and more than 500 in all had been treated.
When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces launched a chemical weapons attack against civilian targets past year, Trump was horrified by the deaths of "beautiful little babies" and quickly ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield, although he listened to top military advisers and chose to minimize Russian and other casualties.
President Donald Trump speaks about the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7.
Trump on Tuesday canceled plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in the USA to manage the response to the events in Syria. "We must assume that not all chemical weapons in Syria were destroyed", Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said.
"Or is it the original idea to use the smart missiles to sweep the traces of the provocation under the rug?" she added.
In November, Russia blocked the renewal of the independent panel investigating chemical weapons in Syria, and British Ambassador Karen Pierce reminded the council that Tuesday's vote marked Russia's sixth veto related to chemical weapons in Syria. And since Russian soldiers are working closely with Assad's troops, it's tough to target Syria without putting Russians in the crosshairs as well.