France Mulls Military Action Against Syria For Gas Attacks

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

Laurence Geai/SIPA/NewscomPresident Trump says there will be a "big price to pay" for the horrific chemical weapons attack reported in the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

Asked to comment on possible USA strikes, Peskov said "it's necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria". He added that it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement".

Lavrov warned against US military "adventures" in the country, but signaled that Russian Federation remains open for negotiations.

Senator Edward Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, criticised Trump's warnings that he intends to conduct military strikes in retaliation against Assad's use of chemical weapons.

"With every victory achieved on the field, the voices of some Western states are raised and actions are intensified in an attempt by them to change the course of events. these voices and any possible action will contribute nothing but an increase in instability in the region, threatening global peace and security", Mr al Assad said according to Syrian state television. Both the Syrian and Russian governments have said they would support the study.

Lavrov did not offer any evidence, however, to back up his claim.

Trump's latest threat is a response to comments made by Alexander Zasypkin, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon, who on Tuesday evening said Russia would respond to any U.S. strike on Syri by targeting any missiles and launchers.

"It sounds like all options are on the table, and a final decision hasn't been made, but we'll keep you posted once it is", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference.

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Asked if he was referring to war between the USA and Russian Federation, he said: "We can not exclude any possibilities unfortunately".

Moscow and the Syrian regime deny that the gas attack took place or that either regime was involved.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn raised the spectre of the war on Thursday as he insisted MPs should be recalled from their Easter break to have their say on Syria.

"The position is a very unsafe one because of Russian involvement, also because we have an erratic president of the United States". "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

"The department does not comment on potential future military actions".

Syrian government forces have regained full control of the city as the global community considers its response. However, there was no official announcement from Syria on the matter and there was also no indication of Syrian government forces entering the city Thursday.

The OPCW, which works to rid the world of chemical arms stockpiles, said its experts were on their way to Syria and will start their work on Saturday. He spoke during a meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to the supreme leader of ally Iran. "With every victory on the ground, some Western countries raise their voices and intensify their activities in an effort to change the trajectory of events", said Assad.

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