Miércoles, 25 Abril, 2018

Trump Puts Syria on Notice

US, France and UK discuss gas attack response Trump's Russia tweets show how misinformation can lead to global crisis
Eleena Tovar | 16 Abril, 2018, 18:50

The OPCW is based in The Hague.

Russia has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels. "We don't participate in Twitter diplomacy".

"Our strategy remains the same as a year ago", he said. Trump wrote in a Thursday morning tweet that an attack could happen "very soon or not so soon at all".

The horrifying images emerging from Douta, a suburb of Damascus, of dying women and children foaming at the mouth further strained already fraught relations between the West and Russia.

The idea of a coordinated, punitive strike on Syria runs counter to the narrative put forth by a Russian diplomat, who on Wednesday said Russia would shoot down any US missiles headed for Syria and potentially retaliate.

A handout picture released by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency on April 10 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad being kissed by a woman whose relative is believed to be captured by opposition fighters in Douma. And France has analyzed.

A Downing Street spokesperson said Mrs May, Mr Trump and Mr Macron had agreed that "reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria were utterly reprehensible".

Speaking at the United Nations on Friday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley pushed back against denials by both the Syrian and Russian governments that chemical agents were used in the weekend's attack.

Russia is disputing the claim that Assad's government was behind the attack; Trump has said evidence indicates otherwise. Yes, the US has analyzed. "We have the proof that chemical weapons - at least chlorine gas - were used by Assad's regime", Macron told France's TF1 television.

Justin Bronk, an air-combat expert at the Royal United Services Institute, said chemical weapons killed fewer people than regular bombs but did so in a "particularly terrifying" way. It was not clear whether the presence of the investigators could affect the timing of any U.S. military action.

Earlier in the week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said there was no threat of the situation in Syria spiraling into U.S. -Russian hostilities.

Asked about the risks of U.S. military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties.

Amid the talk of military action, the Kremlin, a close ally of Assad, countered that more "serious approaches" were needed to combat the crisis.

Vice President Mike Pence, in Peru for a meeting of regional leaders, said "there will be a price to pay" involving military force if Syrian chemical weapons are used again. Sanders said the president's national security team to discuss the options regarding Syria.

The sources did not know what happened to the samples after they reached Turkey.

In another series of tweets, Trump bemoaned the state of U.S. -Russia relationship, saying it "is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".

Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime and that it could trigger a direct U.S-Russian military clash. Trump responded by launching 59 precision guided Tomahawk Navy cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield within 72 hours.