France attack Syria; Russia blames United Kingdom of staging the chemical attack

France attack Syria; Russia blames United Kingdom of staging the chemical attack

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".

Striking a conciliatory note, Macron's office said: "The President of the Republic called for dialogue with Russian Federation to be maintained and stepped up to bring peace and stability back to Syria". But reading between the lines, there was a second message: The incoming cruise missiles did not cross the threshold that would provoke a military response against Western forces.

The deputy Russian finance minister claimed on Monday that the country and its G20 and BRICS allies with emerging economies were discussing the dominance of the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency, according to Russian state news agency RIA.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, often a more cautious voice than Trump's, pointed towards a USA response Thursday when he told lawmakers that "some things are simply inexcusable".

SIMON: And if I might ask you in the half minute we have left, is the bromance, if you please, between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at an end from the Russian point of view?

"But should the United States and our allies decide to act in Syria, it will be in defense of a principle on which we all agree", Haley told the U.N. Security Council.

Russia, at least in its public pronouncements, is also more determined not to back down.

Since 2015 France has carried out air strikes against Islamic State in Syria as part of allied forces linked to the US-led coalition, conducting about 5 percent of total coalition air missions. He added that the Russian military has proof of British involvement, but didn't immediately present it.

Meanwhile, the world is holding its breath. The U.S. Defence Department said it "does not comment on potential future military actions". Consequently, the anxiety in Moscow centered on the possibility of strikes on Russian assets or advisors (Gazeta.ru, April 12).


"In Syria, a handful of weeks ago, the Russians met their match and a couple hundred Russians were killed", outgoing Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo boasted Thursday, at a Senate hearing.

MAYNES: Well, we heard from Russia's Defense Ministry - has confirming the fact that these airstrikes had avoided hitting Russia's bases in Syria. At the weekend, Israeli jets hit a Syrian airbase housing Iranian forces and Russian Federation did not respond.

Over the weekend, the Pentagon said Russian "trolling" activity increased 2,000 percent in the wake of the Syria strike - but neither country identified any of the specific targets of the attacks.

“The current escalation of the situation around Syria is destructive for the entire system of global relations, ” Putin said.

"Nevertheless, none of the protagonists have any interest in a direct confrontation, as shown by the absence of any Russian reaction to last year's American strikes", Toucas argued.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich took an apparent swipe at Trump's tweets.

On Thursday, "Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy peddled a false, Russian-backed smear against the Syria Civil Defence (more commonly known as the White Helmets), a group of first responders in Syria who are frequently targeted by Russian disinformation campaigns.

In that content, Russian Federation considers states and anti-Assad insurgents as acting in violation of Syria's sovereignty.

"Those three countries - the US, Britain and France - if they think they can attack us and attack our sovereignty, at the time, we would have no other choice except applying Article 51 of the charter that gives us the right to defend ourselves, the legitimate right to defend ourselves", Jaafari said.

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