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Russian Federation warns of war if Syria is attacked

15 April 2018

Russia's United Nations ambassador says top priority is to avert war in Syria, doesn't rule out possibility of U.S.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived at the White House hours after a Russian official said US missiles headed toward Syria would be shot down and Trump responded with a tweeted taunt.

Trump has pressed military leaders to develop plans for a sustained assault on Syrian regime targets in response to last weekend's chemical attack, the officials said.

The U.S. president, who has tried to build good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, had sharply critical words for both Russia and Iran, which have backed Assad's government. The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops. Russia's best-selling newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda wondered: "Is macho Trump going to start World War III?"

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Syria and its ally Russia have denied such an attack took place, and Moscow has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria. "The key question is: In western Syria, where the bulk of the high-value targets are, does the US risk more than cruise-missile strikes?"

Among the chief factors military planners must consider are air defenses in Syria, which were bolstered by Russia's decision to enter the war in 2015 and could pose a threat should the Pentagon employ manned aircraft in the attack.

The draft law on Russia's measures in response to U.S. sanctions contains a ban on the imports of American agricultural products, as well as alcohol and tobacco products, First Vice-Speaker of the State Duma Ivan Melnikov said. If that softer option doesn't work, the Russian military could use an array of its state-of-the-art air defense assets in Syria to target the USA cruise missiles or drones.

The comments came as Russian Federation vetoed a United States resolution to create a new body to investigate the attack.

Worldwide investigators from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog are in Syria and have been as a effect of begin their inquiry on Saturday into the suspected poisonous gasoline assault.

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When the USA fired Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield a year ago after a chemical weapons attack, the Pentagon gave Moscow advance warning to get its personnel out of harm's way.

Moscow may consider supplying S-300 surface to-air missile systems to Syria and "other countries", Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi told a televised briefing on Saturday. I mean Donald Trump's polling numbers are sinking, and he is under pressure from the independent investigator into his affairs.

This image shows a medical worker giving toddlers oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the opposition-held town of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria, Sunday, April 8, 2018. The skies above were buzzing with Russian, Syrian and US coalition warplanes - all hunting the same targets.

"We warned about this long ago", he said.

That sealed a big victory for President Bashar al-Assad, who has now crushed the rebellion in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus.

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The Syrian foreign ministry described the United States threats to attack it as "reckless", saying it would endanger global peace and security.

Russian Federation warns of war if Syria is attacked