Trump to Russia: Get ready for strike on Syria

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Trump to Russia: Get ready for strike on Syria
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12 April, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday warned Russian Federation of imminent military action in Syria and he lambasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday that it should "get ready" for a missile strike on Syria, vowing to thwart any missile defenses.

Russia, in turn, vetoed the US-backed motion, which would have re-established an global Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) to probe chemical strikes in Syria and to identify culprits.

Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be USA missiles.

He also referred to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad as a "gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

"No U.S. military action short of all-out regime change is going to deter the Assad government from committing future atrocities", Mr. Glaser said.

The president is getting closer to a decision on how the USA will respond to the apparent chemical weapons attack against civilians in Syria.

US President Donald Trump has promised to make a decision on the actions against Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country by Wednesday.

In the past, Trump has condemned others for forecasting military plans, repeatedly blistering President Barack Obama during the 2016 campaign.

Shamanov emphasized that a retaliatory Russian strike could target USA navy ships and aircraft.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said earlier this week that the US won't rule out airstrikes on Syria after the chemical attack.

Western leaders, including the U.S., France, and the United Kingdom, are coordinating on how to respond to the attack.

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On Wednesday, May said Britain had been working with allies "to get an understanding of what happened on the ground".

"They agreed they would continue working closely together and with worldwide partners to ensure that those responsible were held to account", the office said.

Earlier in the day the leader of the UK Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, demanded to hold a parliamentary vote to green-light a potential military strike against Syria, the Sky News broadcaster reported.

"We are not surprised by this reckless escalation from a regime like the one in the United States, which has and continues to sponsor terrorism in Syria", said the statement, carried by state media.

White House officials did not immediately provide more detail about Trump's remarks.

More than 40 people died in the assault on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma on Saturday.

Bolivia, one of 10 non-permanent council members and a strong supporter of Russian Federation, requested the meeting to address "the recent escalation of rhetoric regarding Syria and the threat of the use of unilateral actions", according to the request sent Wednesday.

Russia's ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin went even further. "Very calm and calculated with a big focus on open and fair trade with China, the coming North Korea meeting and, of course, the vicious gas attack in Syria".

It's unclear how the pullout can be executed without risking losing territory back to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) or giving Assad allies, Russia, and Iran carte blanche on operating there.

Now Trump has declared an imminent retaliation for the attack, saying also that Russian Federation better not respond by backing their ally.

Eurocontrol, the main air-traffic control agency in Europe, told airlines to apply caution on flights to the eastern Mediterranean region because of possible air strikes on Syria over the next 72 hours.


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