Trump cancels overseas trip to address Syria threat

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President Donald Trump has been threatening a military strike against Syria, vowing to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, warning that Russian Federation - or any other nation found to share responsibility - will "pay a price".

Shortly after warning that missiles were coming, Trump tweeted that the USA "relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".

It seems the USA and its allies may be preparing for a military strike.

Both Trump and his defense secretary Jim Mattis abruptly cancelled upcoming travel plans, as the USS Donald Cook - a guided-missile destroyer - moved to within striking range of Syria. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" He adds: "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

Alexander Zasypkin, Moscow's ambassador to Lebanon, was the latest, repeating a warning by the head of the military that missiles would be shot down and their launch sites targeted.

In 2017, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a sarin attack the United Nations later pinned on Assad.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Washington's decision to put forward its resolution could be a prelude to a Western strike on Syria.

Amidror told reporters a United States strike in Syria could be used by Iran as a smokescreen "to do something against Israel".

Shamanov denied on Tuesday that the Syrian government used chemical weapons and asserted that a US strike in Syria would amount to a violation of the country's sovereignty.

Trump has said that Assad and Russian Federation s President Vladimir Putin may have to "pay a big price" for the alleged action, and Washington s United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley made it clear that the failure to secure a Security Council vote would not hold America and its allies back.

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The group is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997, which has been signed by 192 member states. It was not immediately clear whether that visit would delay or avert USA or allied military action.

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In a statement, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said a fact-finding mission was "preparing to deploy to Syria shortly", though it did not give a more precise timetable on when the inspectors would arrive.

"The pretext of a chemical attack has become well known to everybody and is a flimsy and unsubstantiated excuse to target Syria", the ministry statement said.

Monday's meeting took place following a suspected chemical attack by the Syrian government against people in Douma, Syria. French President Emmanuel Macron said French, U.S. and British officials will decide "in coming days" on a joint response.

Despite the worldwide revulsion over chemical weapons attacks, the death toll from such incidents in Syria is only a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of combatants and civilians killed since the war began in 2011.

Moscow and Washington could not come to an agreement at the U.N. Security Council in order to set up global investigations into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, which is in the throes of a seven-year-old civil war.

A senior Russian politician said that Moscow is willing to help arrange a visit for experts from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to the site of the suspected poison gas attack.

If such threats from the US and its allies, France and Britain, are meant to stop Damascus from fighting terrorism, "they are delusional", the statement also said.

Last week, Trump said the United States was strongly considering taking US troops out of Syria. Sen.

Russian Federation has previously voted to block a resolution that would give United Nations investigators a wider mandate on chemical weapons in Syria, Michele added.

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