West hesitates on Syria response as Russian Federation warns of 'war'

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2018

Russia's denial that the Assad government was responsible for the chemical weapons attack, further angered Trump, one of the US officials said.

Russia's Canadian embassy tweeted, "Washington & its UK/French allies should and will be held #responsible for this brazen act of #aggression and disregard of worldwide law".

Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Syria's ally Russian Federation opposes such action, the BBC reported on Friday.

"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria along the lines of the Libyan and Iraqi experience", Lavrov told a news conference, referring to past Western military interventions elsewhere in the region.

At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the United States and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

The UN Security Council is to meet again on Friday, at Russia's request, to try to defuse the standoff, as United States President Donald Trump appeared to back away from imminent action, days after warning Russian Federation to "get ready" for missile strikes.

French President Emmanuel Macron said France contributed to the US -led Syrian attacks because the "red line declared by France in May 2017 has been crossed". "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

Vettel flies to pole as Hamilton struggles at Chinese Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton admitted he underperformed throughout the Chinese Grand Prix weekend after having to settle for fourth position. He enthused about his Ferrari vehicle over the team radio, calling it "great qualifying, great car".


French President Emmanuel Macron also said he had "proof" that the Syrian government had attacked Douma with chemical weapons.

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. "We can not take such risks", he said at a forum. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said. -Russian showdown. Apart from Macron's phone conversation with Putin, NATO members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action.

Russian Federation and Syria also clashed with the three Western allies over the legality of the airstrikes and responsibility for the Security Council's paralysis.

Tayyip Erdogan, president of Syria's neighbour Turkey which is also in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, said on Friday he had spoken by phone with Trump and Putin and told both that increasing tension in the region was not right. And the three allies are considering a joint military strike in retaliation.

"This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons", he said. A week later, the government regained full control of the town following a surrender deal with the rebels there, and on Sunday it deployed another 5,000 security forces in Douma.

The U.S. has previously expelled Russian diplomats and sanctioned Russia, a Syrian ally, for a suspected nerve-agent attack against a former spy in Britain and other actions.

Guterres said he has asked Syrian special envoy Staffan de Mistura to come to NY as soon as possible to consult "on the most effective way to accelerate the political process".

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER