Assad in control of town allegedly hit with chemical attack, Russian Federation says

Haley says Russia chose'protecting a monster over Syrian people

The suspected poison attack by Syrian government forces that allegedly killed more than 40 people has drawn worldwide outrage and prompted the U.S. and its allies to consider a military response.

The British cabinet meeting was due to begin at 14.30 GMT. Trump on Wednesday had warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria. On Thursday evening, the White House issued a statement saying "no final decision has been made" on Syria and that they are still talking with France and Britain.

Nebenzia said troops would escort investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the area of the alleged attack, indicating that this would provide evidence to support his defence.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres did not strongly condemn or praise the airstrikes, instead urging "all Member States to show restraint in these risky circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people".

Mattis said options would be discussed with Trump at a meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday afternoon.

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.

Volunteer first responders and activists claimed a chemical attack by the Syrian government killed over 40 people in the town of Douma, which drew worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!"

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the remaining rebels in Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons to Russian military police and their leader left the enclave for the north.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years. "We expect this to become a push for the development of the Russian economy", Melnikov said.

"The intelligence provided certainly paints a different picture", Sanders said.

A Cossack society in St. Petersburg, Russia has voted to recall the honorary membership given to US President Donald Trump and plans to burn him in effigy in protest over "insults to the nation". "So the situation is very unsafe".

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

Experts warned that Trump's move will further harm U.S. -Russia relations.

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.

She also noted that Trump has said "he intends to hold Russian and Iran accountable for enabling the Assad regime and its war crimes".

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was "not about intervening in a civil war". "The situation in Syria is horrific, the use of chemical weapons is something the world has to prevent", Brexit minister David Davis said on Thursday morning. "In the long run, it would be more hard for the two countries to work together". After a purported chemical weapons attack in Syria, he allowed a USA missile strike on a Syrian air base go unanswered, apparently trying to leave the door open for better relations with Washington.

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said. There is still considerable interest among hawks to parlay the alleged chemical weapons attack into a pretext to attack Syria.

In case of escalation, Russian Federation could use air bases of its ally Iran to deploy more aircraft closer to Syria.

US President Donald Trump, who said on Wednesday that missiles were "coming", has now tweeted that he "never said when".

The French leader previously said any strikes would target the Syrian government's "chemical capabilities".

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 US support to a Syrian Kurdish militia that Ankara has labelled a terrorist group. Russia, which is helping Assad fight rebel forces opposed to his rule, immediately condemned the strikes and called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

Over the weekend, Mr. Trump blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad and his global allies, including Russian President Vladmir Putin for the apparent attack that left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

Syrian opposition activists and medics say a suspected gas attack last week in Douma killed more than 40 people.

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