Putin warns against provocation, speculation on alleged chemical attack in Syria

Russia calls US proposal for Syria gas probe 'unacceptable'

Russia calls US proposal for Syria gas probe 'unacceptable'

Trump said the group was "going to make a decision tonight or very shortly thereafter and you'll be hearing the decision". "We regret that this resolution was not adopted, although we indeed hope that the fact-finding mission will soon arrive in Syria and will manage to fulfill its direct mandate - to establish facts of what had happened in Douma". "Either way, the United States will respond".

"We are on the edge of a unsafe precipice", she said".

Asked by a reporter if he had any doubt who was behind the attack, Trump said: "To me theres not much a doubt, but the generals will figure it out".

President Donald Trump is canceling his trip this week to the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, to focus on the tense situation in Syria.

He said the US and its allies want to know why chemical weapons use continues after Russian Federation guaranteed the removal of all such weapons from Syria.

Damascus denied its forces had launched any chemical assault, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said such allegations were false and a provocation.

On Sunday, Trump, who had sought warmer relations with Russian Federation, criticized Putin by name on Twitter as he castigated Russian Federation and Iran for backing "Animal Assad".

"We can't let atrocities like we all witnessed ... happen in our world", Trump said Monday night, "especially when we're able to - because of the power of the United States, because of the power of our country - we're able to stop it".

"The US resolution is pretty obviously a bait for the Russians, who will have no choice but to veto it", Richard Gowan, a United Nations expert from the European Council on Foreign Relations, told AFP.

Russian Federation has invited investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to fly to visit the site of the alleged attack.

And Syrian envoy Bashar Jaafari said Syria had no chemical weapons stockpiles.

Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, advocated that Trump stay in Washington in the aftermath of the attack, said one of the officials.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately apparent, but the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 13 people had been killed and another 80 wounded.

Trump - who previous year launched a missile strike on a Syrian air base after sarin was used in the town of Khan Sheikhun - warned after the latest accusations that there would be a "big price to pay". The Foreign Ministry in Moscow warned that any foreign military strike against Syria over "fabricated" reports of chemical warfare may lead to the "gravest consequences". Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever.

Mr Trump had earlier taken to Twitter to issue a blistering warning to the Syrian regime and its allies.

Washington is weighing a multinational response against the Syrian government, Reuters news agency reported late on Monday, citing administration officials.

Russia's military backing of Assad helped turn the course of the war in his favour.

He added that the chemical weapons attack would be "met forcefully" and indicated a decision on military action was hours away.

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