Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication by foreign power'

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"Today, I called the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the Security Council to reiterate my deep concern about the risks of the current impasse and stressed the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control", he said, referring to the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain.

Two US officials familiar with an investigation of samples from Douma and the symptoms of victims said initial indications that a mix of weaponised Chlorine gas and Sarin were used in the attack appeared to be correct.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis later said that Washington was still analyzing intelligence related to Saturday's suspected chemical weapons attack.

"Russia has warned US representatives, publicly as well as through proper channels, over the grave consequences that could arise if these strikes happen and whether deliberately or otherwise Russian citizens are hurt", Russia's envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said. During one speech, he said, "We must as a nation be more unpredictable".

At the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, draft resolutions were proposed both by Russian Federation and USA, to set up a new expert body to probe chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but eventually failed to pass.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone on Wednesday and urged him to do nothing to destabilise Syria. His colleague, Yuri Shvytkin, a deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee said for his part the action is an ill-thought and provocative step by the USA that can lead to unpredictable consequences.

Trump responded to his comment with the early morning tweet. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!", he threatened.

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But Trump notably also said there was "no reason for this", reiterated his hope for talks with Putin to halt a new arms race, and blamed his domestic political opponents for poisoning ties.

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The investigators, who are only mandated to determine if chemical weapons were used and not who used them, were expected to start their investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based organization said. "We're going to cover it in gas and burn it together with an American flag", he promised.

Neither the Kremlin nor the Russian government has said if they back the measures, and it was not clear if it would become law in its current form.

The US has said "all options are on the table" when it comes to whether or not to take action against the Syrian government including military attack.

Syrians who had been bracing for US strikes for three nights in a row said the mood in the capital, Damascus, was palpably relaxing, with residents increasingly shrugging off the threat as the days passed. With repeated admonishments of "don't twist my words", the Ambassador laid out a view diametrically opposed to that of the United Kingdom government, where Russian Federation only wanted "transparency" and was the victim of a Russophobic media agenda against them. But on Thursday, Trump tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

Trump tempered those remarks on Thursday and even as he consulted allies such and Britain and France, who could join in any US-led strikes on Syria, there were signs of efforts to prevent the crisis from spiraling out of control. The West swiftly pointed the finger at the Syrian government, which has denied the accusations.

Erdogan says Turkey's warming ties with Russian Federation and Iran are "not an alternative" to its traditional ties to the West, adding that Ankara would "fight until the end" against Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and against USA support to a Syrian Kurdish militia that Ankara has labelled a terrorist group.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump held a meeting with his team to discuss the situation, but "no final decision has been made". "France will not allow any escalation that could harm the stability of the region as a whole but we can't let regimes that think they can do everything they want, including the worst things that violate global law, to act".

May recalled ministers from their Easter holiday to debate action over what she has cast as a barbaric poison gas attack by Syrian government forces on civilians in the formerly rebel-controlled town of Douma, just east of the capital Damascus.

More than 13,500 Syrian rebel fighters and their families have left Douma this month under a so-called evacuation deal between the rebels and the Russian military, a top ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

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