Russian Federation accused of tampering with site of alleged Syria chemical attack

Members of the Syrian police hold their weapons as they sit on a back of a truck at the city of Douma Damascus

By Wednesday, as Russian and Syrian forces took charge of the formerly rebel-held area that was bombed, Trump was explicitly threatening on Twitter to launch more missiles.

Zakharova suggested that Western media bore some responsibility for the strikes, claiming the White House cited "multiple media sources" on the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma. But it added that no Russian air defenses were deployed against the incoming fire, even though thousands of its troops are stationed across Syria in support of Russian ally Assad.

The inspectors met Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official in Damascus for about three hours on Sunday. And the Defense Ministry even made sure to note that while Syria shot down some cruise missiles, Damascus did so using its own, Soviet-made - not Russian-made - equipment.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. That had led to feverish speculation on Russian television, and from some Russian politicians, that a US strike on Syria could quickly devolve into a nuclear standoff as unsafe as the Cuban missile crisis. US defense officials did not confirm if any allied missiles had been shot down. So they'll be made fairly soon."Also on Thursday, US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis told a congressional panel: "I believe there was a chemical attack and we are looking for the actual evidence."Russia has described the reports of a chemical attack as a "provocation" created to justify Western intervention".

A child is treated in a hospital in Douma, eastern Ghouta in Syria, after what a Syria medical relief group claims was a suspected chemical attack.

They agreed to "keep working closely" on the issue, Mrs May's office said in a statement. The result, according to the worst-case predictions, could be a new World War.

Even though the doomsday scenarios appear to have been averted, the past week's rhetorical clash over Syria has deepened an East-West confrontation that continues to intensify.

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He asked U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to call an open meeting of the U.N. Security Council for Friday.

A composite photo of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to the administration source, on March 24, Trump's aides explained to him that the United States "would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil", The Washington Post wrote.

He said the Russian air defence assets in Syria monitored the strike but did not engage any of the missiles.

Konstantin Gaaze, a liberal independent analyst here, said Friday that Putin still hopes to negotiate a new start to U.S.

Trump's response, if and when it comes, will have taken several days to organize and thus Russian forces may have been able to put some space between themselves and likely targets. The Kremlin, he said, doesn't want tensions to escalate to a point where such a summit would be impossible. "Therefore allegations of this towards Russian Federation are groundless", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

But both Washington and Moscow suffer from credibility problems that could increase the chances of escalation. He previously spent nine years at the Wall Street Journal, most recently as Berlin correspondent.

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