Missiles 'Will Be Coming' To Syria

US, Russia clash at UN over chemical weapons attacks in Syria

FIVE HUNDRED people were poisoned in Syrian gas attack that killed 43 people including children, World Health Organisation reveals

Even as the Syria discussions are proceeding at the White House, Trump has remained preoccupied with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

At least 60 people were killed in Saturday's suspected chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma, Syrian relief workers said.

Tass quoted Zakharova as saying, "Smart missiles must strike terrorists, not the legitimate government that has been fighting global terrorism on its territory for several years".

"Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime's chemical capabilities", he said, insisting he did "not want an escalation". He aimed his comments at Syria's biggest worldwide backer. "We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies".

"The missing piece here is the accountability. we have the fact-finding, but we need the other piece which was supplied in the past through the joint investigative mechanism which no longer exists", said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary General on Tuesday.

Some major airlines were re-routing flights on Wednesday after Europe's air traffic control agency warned aircraft flying in the eastern Mediterranean to exercise caution due to possible air strikes on Syria.

His failure to secure it prompted then-US President Barack Obama to request congressional approval for a US strike against Assad. "He said earlier this week, we'll tell you what we do after the fact. But here he is taunting [Vladimir] Putin, just like he did when he tweeted to Kim Jong Un - my button is bigger than yours".

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Vladislav Volodin, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, said the "whole world is horrified by" Trump's tweeting.

Shortly after warning that missiles were coming, Trump tweeted that the USA "relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War". "There is no reason for this. Russian Federation needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together", he said.

Soon afterwards, however, he suggested it was time to "stop the arms race" and said there was no reason for the low in relations between Russian Federation and the US.

In Washington, Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, also said he was not comfortable with the president's tweet.

Syria has denied that it used poison gas.

The U.S. and Russian militaries have sought to avoid conflict in Syria, notably a year ago in the Euphrates River Valley where they supported rival sides in the campaign against Islamic State militants.

Trump has spoken out against telegraphing U.S. military plans to enemies in the past.

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When the US fired Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield a year ago after a chemical weapons attack, the Pentagon gave Moscow advance warning to get its personnel out of harm's way.

Syria and Russian Federation, a main backer of Assad, have insisted no attack happened and that only the opposition groups they call "terrorists" possess chemical weapons.

Vladimir Shamanov, chairman of the defence affairs committee in Russia's lower house of parliament, said on Tuesday that Russian Federation has "the necessary means for that and that Americans and their allies know that quite well", adding that a retaliatory strike could target U.S. aircraft and naval ships, Reuters news agency reported. "I think there's a better way of doing this", he told CNN. Russia vetoed a United States text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get a minimum nine votes to pass. However, US officials and media appear to be focused on some war victims, while turning a blind eye on victims of campaigns the American military took part in, be it in Syria's Raqqa or Iraq's Mosul.

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted. Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Asked whether France would take military action, Macron said his country will continue discussing technical and strategic information with USA and British allies and "in the coming days we will announce our decision".

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in televised remarks that "we don't participate in Twitter diplomacy".

If that softer option doesn't work, the Russian military could use an array of its state-of-the-art air defense assets in Syria to target the US cruise missiles or drones.

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