Russian Federation to deploy troops to site of chemical attack in Syria

Russian Federation to deploy troops to site of chemical attack in Syria

But Trump reportedly also followed up the warning with communications to Russia to help avoid U.S. missiles hitting Russian targets in Syria, despite the White House's statement that the USA wasn't afraid to hit them.

The world's chemical warfare watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said Tuesday it would send a team to Syria after reports of a gas attack there.

"Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" Mr. Trump tweeted.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said "there are Russians present in large numbers in Syria, and Russia will do everything to protect its people on Syrian soil". TASS news agency quoted him as saying he believed common sense would prevail.

The Russian military said on March 13 it would respond to any USA strike on Syria, targeting any missiles and launchers involved in such an attack.

Meanwhile, European airspace authorities warned aircraft to be careful over the coming days when flying close to Syria because of possible military action against President Bashar Assad's forces.

President Donald Trump's national security team has met to discuss the USA response to the Syrian government's apparent use of chemical weapons on its own people.

Syria's army has evacuated key defence buildings in Damascus following intelligence they might be targeted in a Western strike in response to an alleged chemical attack, a monitor said Wednesday.

The Syrian government and Russian Federation say the reports of a poison gas assault on the Syrian town of Douma are bogus. "As before, we consider it important not to take steps that could destabilise an already fragile situation".

After the Douma attack, the insurgent group dug in there, Jaish al-Islam, finally agreed to withdraw.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said all indications point to the Syrian regime being behind the suspected chemical attack, and that Britain will work with its "closest allies" to hold those behind the attack to account.

Zasypkin also said a clash between Russian Federation and the United States over Syria "should be ruled out and therefore we are ready to hold negotiations". According to the UN Envoy for Syria, an estimated 400,000 Syrians have been killed since 2011.

If any of those Russian forces are hit in a US strike, Russia may feel compelled to retaliate.

USA and Russian forces most recently clashed in February, when US strikes killed dozens of Russian citizens helping Syria's government attack a rebel base. He said killing Mr. Assad would be "the ultimate deterrent to dictators" who use chemical weapons or sponsor terrorism.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the Pentagon was ready to provide military options.

After Assad's most recent alleged attack, Trump said that "nothing is off the table".

Vladimir Shamanov, chairman of the defence affairs committee in Russia's lower house of parliament, said on Tuesday that Russian Federation has "the necessary means for that and that Americans and their allies know that quite well", adding that a retaliatory strike could target U.S. aircraft and naval ships, Reuters news agency reported.



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