Russian Federation calls Syrian 'chemical attack' staged

Russia as 'besieged fortress' storyline roars back as US tensions rise

Russia as 'besieged fortress' storyline roars back as US tensions rise

USA security officials immediately called for worldwide action to intervene in the situation after the chemical attack Saturday, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I'd only rejoin Pacific trade pact if deal was "substantially better" GOP unveils mock cover of Comey book with "ego" attack NY Daily News cover hits Trump over Comey book revelations MORE has threatened a possible military strike against the government forces.

The Syrian foreign ministry said the US-led strikes would only "lead to inflaming tensions in the world" and threaten worldwide security.

Iran, which has also backed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad since the conflict began in 2011, also warned of "regional consequences".

He further noted that all responsibility for strike rests with Washington, London and Paris while adding that the "US, the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapon has no moral right to blame other countries". During a phone call late on Thursday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump agreed on the need to deter chemical weapon use in Syria.

Macron on Thursday said he had "proof" the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons on the former rebel outpost of Douma and would announce his response "in due course".

"The mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has set off to Syria not so quickly and without abundant enthusiasm but under our and Syrian pressure. Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", the statement continued.

President Donald Trump has emerged from a meeting with his national security team without a "final decision" on how to respond to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. It cited the Russian Ministry of Defense. Russian Federation accused the West of having the sole aim in Syria of overthrowing the government as it urged US, French and British leaders to refrain from military action.

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.

The Russian Defence Ministry on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in a Syrian town outside Damascus, a bold charge vehemently denied by Britain as a "blatant lie".

Western officials believe chlorine was used in Saturday's attack on Douma, the main city in the longtime rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, where the British government now estimates 75 people were killed. "The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war".

The air strikes, however, risk dragging the United States further into Syria's civil war, particularly if Russia, Iran and Ass opt to retaliate.

The draft law, set to be discussed in the lower house of parliament next week, proposes restricting imports of US-made software and farm goods, United States medicines that can be sourced elsewhere, and tobacco and alcohol.

Iran's Fars News Agency reported Friday that Russian fighter jets were patrolling Syrian air space to defend against any attackers.

USA officials suspect the Russia-backed Assad regime is behind the attack. An attack on them could raise the risk of a wider war in Syria at a time when Trump still wants to withdraw 2,000 USA troops there in a matter of months.

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