With Russia on his mind, Trump looks for tougher approach on Syria

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The United States on Friday (April 13) blamed the Syrian government for a deadly chemical weapons attack this month and slammed Russian Federation for failing to stop its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, as Western allies considered military strikes on Syria.

"This is grotesque", Pierce said of the Russian statement as she left an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by Russia on US threatened military action in response to the alleged attack.

President Trump has expressed outrage over the deadly assault in the suburb, Douma, and threatened a military response.

Russia's overseas minister has asserted {{that a}} suspected chemical assault throughout the Syrian metropolis of Douma last weekend was fabricated with the help of an unspecified overseas intelligence firm.

That's despite the World Health Organisation stating an estimated 500 people presented at medical facilities with the effects of chemical weapons in the area, according to local agencies.

Speaking at a news conference in the capital, Maria Zaharova condemned the threats from U.S. President Donald Trump aimed not only at Syria but also Russian Federation.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says President Trump "has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria".

Iran is the key backer alongside Russian Federation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, providing military advisors and "volunteer" ground forces.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Friday that the smallest "miscalculation" in Syria could lead to new waves of migrants. 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.

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Russian Federation said it deployed military police in Douma on Thursday after the town was taken over by government forces.

Russia, which has stonewalled diplomatic efforts at the UN Security Council, has vehemently denied a chemical attack took place and accused the West of seeking an excuse for military action.

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said Moscow was laying out "tit for tat" retaliatory measures against Donald Trump. He described the main aim as establishing "a strong deterrent" against chemical weapons use. The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe".

Russia's diplomats and military officers issued numerous contradictory statements about the chemical attack, saying it didn't happen, that it launched by Syrian rebels on themselves, and that British intelligence ordered it as a provocation.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", he told reporters.

The sectors listed in the draft which could be subject to bans or restrictions include US-made software and farm goods, United States medicines that can be sourced elsewhere, and tobacco and alcohol.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he has proof that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was behind chlorine attacks in recent days.

Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier that Russian experts had inspected the site of the claimed attack and found no trace of chemical weapons.

Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow's ambassador to the United Nations, said he "cannot exclude" war between the United States and Russian Federation.

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