British Prime Minister Theresa May won backing from her senior ministers on Thursday to take unspecified action with the United States and France to deter further use of chemical weapons by Syria. "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", the statement continued. The official claimed that as a result of the Russian pressure to comply with an invitation made by the Syrian government itself, the specialists of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are preparing to travel to Syria.
US officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table". But he also appeared anxious to avoid a wider conflict, saying France would "in no way allow an escalation."German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference on Friday that Damascus had a record of using chemical weapons and that there were "strong indications pointing towards the Syrian regime" in this case".
The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from eastern Ghouta, stockpiles of chemical agents were found there.
The new round of United States sanctions against Russian Federation will have a "severe effect" on targeted companies and will limit Russia's potential economic growth, Fitch Ratings said on Friday.
"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.
Last April, when U.S. warships in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, Russian forces were warned in advance and pulled out of the target area, which was rapidly repaired. Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Assad.
"Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump's threats to attack are "reckless" and endanger global peace and security".
"However. any action that would lead to the failure or harm activities led by Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation toward a lasting peace should be avoided", Yildirim said.
The United States is consulting with Britain and France about a joint military response to the attack in Douma that medics and rescuers said left at least 40 people dead on Saturday.
He has cemented his control over most of the western, more heavily populated, part of the country, with rebels and jihadist insurgents largely contained to two areas on Syria's northern and southern borders. The Syrian government has denied the allegations. He says Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was one different fabrication".
The suspected poison gas attack in Douma, which killed more than 40 people, has drawn global outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria, something Moscow has strongly warned against. Lavrov continued to state that it was led by only one country, but he refused to give the name.