Syria dispute boosts risk of U.S. and Russian Federation clash

Bus with Russian journalists shelled in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

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The White House said such targeted sanctions would help to ensure that Russian oligarchs profiting from the Kremlin's destabilising activities, including its interference of Western democratic elections in 2016 and 2017, would face consequences for their actions.

"It is unlikely that we will have to sink the Donald Cook".

Rather they were "in response to the totality of the Russian government's ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern of malign activity around the world".

"It's.highly likely an attempt to create complications for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission which was just starting its work in Syria's Douma, or an attempt to completely derail it", Interfax quoted Kosachev as saying.

The Syrian foreign ministry accused the United States, which has supported some rebel groups in Syria's conflict, of using "fabrications and lies" as an excuse to hit its territory.

The UN Security Council was to meet again Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff over accusations that the Syrian regime waged a chemical attack on civilians. And we have to know that we're taking every precaution necessary, should we take action.

Trump warned on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to the Douma incident.

Russian Federation could also fire at the launch platforms used - potentially USA planes or ships.

"Smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not the legitimate government that has been fighting global terrorism for several years on its territory", she said.

Russian Federation went to the United Nations Security Council today to warn the US away from conducting airstrikes in Syria.

According to rescue workers, on Saturday more than 40 people died in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma in an alleged chemical attack, which left victims struggling to breathe, foaming at the mouth and with discolored skin.

What is less clear is whether sarin - the agent used in the chemical attack that prompted USA missile strikes past year - or a similar agent was also used.

This scenario, he said, "cannot be tolerated. especially in light of the deployment in Syria of the Russian contingent". Russian Federation is Assad's most powerful ally and its devastating air power has helped him wrest back large areas of territory from rebels since 2015.

Macron, talking about the Douma chemical attack, said: "Dozens of men, women and children were massacred with chemical weapons".

Putin spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday and urged him to do nothing to destabilise Syria.

Syria air defenses retaliate after strikes by U.S., British and French forces in Damascus, Syria in this still image obtained from video dated early April 14, 2018.

Trump has criticized President George W. Bush's administration for the war in Iraq.

Syria and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, say reports of the attack were fabricated by rebels, and rescue workers in Douma have accused the USA of seeking to use it as a pretext to attack the government.

Syria's Russian-supplied air defences shot down an Israeli F-16 jet in February during a previous bombing run against what Israel described as Iranian-backed positions in Syria.

The head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, predicted: "This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons".

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