Putin says "outside entities" planning more strikes on Syria

Putin says

Putin says "outside entities" planning more strikes on Syria

"In response to the attack, our government began a deliberate process, led by the National Security Council, to recommend diplomatic and military options to the president".

The foreign ministers are likely to put pressure on Russian Federation to reconsider its support for Assad in the wake of the chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in northwest Syria that killed more than 80 people.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The president thanked the Prime Minister for her support in the wake of last week's USA military action against the Assad regime".

Western efforts to put pressure on Vladimir Putin over his support for Syria's President Bashar Assad will continue on Wednesday, despite divisions over the imposition of fresh sanctions.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that, despite the report, there was "no consensus in the intelligence community" that Russian Federation was complicit in the attack.

Successive attempts by top Trump administration officials to articulate a plan have only furthered the appearance of a policy still evolving, even after the US broke with precedent last week by attacking Assad's forces. Nazi Germany used gas chambers to kill millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

"Y$3 ou won't hear... proof that the scenario I've just outlined is impossible", he said. "The Syrian regime should think long and hard before it again acts so recklessly in violation of worldwide law against the use of chemical weapons". "I have personally reviewed the intelligence, and there is no doubt the Syrian regime is responsible for the decision to attack and for the attack itself", he said. Trump's cruise missile order restored the believability of Washington using its military might in Syria.

The Russian leader in televised comments not only repeated his defence of Assad but suggested the Syrian leader's rebel opponents were preparing more faked attacks in order to encourage U.S. intervention.

In a four-page document, the White House sought to rebut many of Moscow's claims about the circumstances of the attack. "If they use chemical weapons, they are going to pay a very, very stiff price", Mattis told reporters during his first Pentagon briefing as defence chief. As the Federal Bureau of Investigation and multiple congressional committees investigate potential collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign in last year's US election, Trump can point to his hard-line stance as fresh evidence that he's far from beholden to the Russian leader.

The Trump administration on Tuesday accused Russian Federation of helping its ally Syria cover upa deadly chemical attack, in which the latter's government allegedly used an illegal nerve agent on its own people.

Cotton argued that the strikes on the Syrian regime have also put a check on Iran and Russian Federation, which have helped bolstered Assad in the civil war.

"We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world", Tillerson said. He said Assad is not part of a medium or long-term future for a peaceful Syria after committing "bloody actions".

Adding further fuel to rising tensions: the White House's move to circulate declassified US intelligence accusing Moscow of aiding Assad's government in covering up the chemical attack.

The senior official said Monday that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment.

Putin said Moscow would urgently ask the United Nations chemical weapons watchdog to investigate last week's incident.

The uncertain view of USA objectives prevailed as Tillerson planned to attend a meeting Tuesday of the "likemindeds" - countries that share a similar approach to resolving Syria's protracted civil war.

Recent comments from U.S. Tillerson, a former Exxon oil executive, will face his biggest challenge so far as Washington's top diplomat when he is in Moscow.

Tillerson headed from Italy to Russia, where he is set to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

On Monday, Trump reached out to traditional North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, discussing Syria by telephone with British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"We need to make it clear to Putin that the time to back Assad has gone", he said, warning that Putin was "damaging Russia" by supporting Assad. France said it was not discussed in depth.

More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict erupted in March 2011 with anti-government demonstrations. Assad's allies have stood firmly by him. According to the Kremlin, the bombings have all targeted the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group - which is battling both Assad's regime and anti-Assad rebels for power - althoughanalysis has shown that most of the strikes haven't been in areas that ISIS occupies.

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