Moscow: Priority in Syria to avert US-Russia conflict

Tensions reached a high point in 2014 when pro Russian forces in Ukraine were accused of downing a civilian airliner killing nearly 300 people aboard

The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

But British Prime Minister Theresa May cited reports she said indicated the Syrian government used a barrel bomb - large containers packed with fuel, explosives and scraps of metal - to deliver the chemicals. She said Russian Federation would ensure the monitors' security. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

An aide to Iran's supreme leader says he hopes Syrian forces will "expel the American occupiers" in the country's northeast after they retake other areas of the country from insurgents.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also claimed that following Syrian rebels' withdrawal from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, stockpiles of chemical agents were allegedly found there. Over 13,000 militants and their family members are said to have been evacuated from Douma since April 1.

Meanwhile, Western allies of the USA came out in support of the strikes.

"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria under no circumstances", Trump said re-litigating his plan, adding, "As other nations step up their contributions, we look forward to the day when we can bring our warriors home".

Macron said Thursday that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

"I rule out a scenario in which the United States will intentionally strike a facility in Syria where Russian servicemen are located", Military Sciences Academy Vice President Sergei Modestov said in Thursday's edition of the government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said President Donald Trump "has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria".

Russian Federation and the United States are continuing their saber-rattling over the latest allegations of a chemical attack in Syria. The statement said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning.

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British leader May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons. She said she spoke Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron.


"We can not be sure that Yulia's refusal to see us is genuine".

On Wednesday, he again warned Russian Federation of being an ally of the Assad regime.

Asked about possible USA strikes on Syria, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that "it's necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria".

Any US strike would probably involve the navy, given the risk to aircraft from Russian and Syrian air defences.

Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime, saying it could trigger a direct military clash.

A tweet from President Trump, which backtracked from his Wednesday warning that missiles soon would be heading toward Syria, further contributed to the sense that the threat of a conflagration was receding.

Lavrov noted that Russian and USA militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it's not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.

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US President Donald Trump hastily called it a "humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever", warning that a "big price" would be paid.

Erdogan's remarks appear to criticize an exchange of threats by the United States and Russian Federation, saying Turkey was "deeply disturbed by some countries that rely on their military might, turning Syria into a virtual wrestling ground".

Senior US military sources say President Assad's forces have already moved some aircraft in an attempt to protect them from attacks.

Critics assailed Trump for the limited nature of the 2017 attack, which did little to disrupt Syrian air operations or deter the use of chemical weapons, reported repeatedly in the following months.

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