Russia Moving Into Position To Protect Syrian Assets After Trump Tweets

Casey Dawson
April 13, 2018

With punitive USA military action seemingly imminent, Russian Federation scrambled to deflect blame from Syria's Bashar al-Assad and, according to a monitor group, regime forces evacuated key defense buildings in Damascus.

The US and its allies, the United Kingdom and France, have said they believe it is the latest in a series of gassings ordered by the Assad government.

There were signs of a global effort to head off a direct confrontation between Russian Federation and the West. In a joint statement, the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets) and Syrian American Medical Society have said victims of the attack exhibited, "symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent".

"The situation in Syria is horrific".

Trump, also took to Twitter Thursday morning to push back against a New York Times report indicating he floated the idea of shutting down special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe in December.

We'll be making that decision very quickly, probably by the end of today.

Reports emerged on Wednesday night that Theresa May had ordered British submarines within range of Bashar al-Assad's Syrian forces as the Prime Minister moves ever-closer to military intervention, following the sick chemical attack in Douma in Syria last week. Earlier, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, told reporters in NY that those investigators were to arrive Thursday and Friday.

As Russia and Syria again warned President Trump against taking military action against Bashar Assad's military over a suspected chemical attack, Mr. Trump said a strike could be coming soon, "or not soon at all!"

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missile fired at Syria". Will the specific action being undertaken actually help resolve the underlying problems in Syria or will it merely help US policymakers feel good about themselves while yielding more Syrian death and suffering?

World stocks edged down as anxious investors stayed wary of risky assets.

Mattis said Wednesday that the U.S. is "still assessing the intelligence" on whether the Assad regime is to blame for the recent suspected chemical attack.

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The attacks came as negotiations were under way between Jaish al-Islam and the Syrian government over the last rebel-held bastion near the capital.

Moscow's ambassador to Lebanon had said earlier that Russian air defenses would shoot down any incoming missiles.

The Russian military said it had observed movements of US navy forces in the Gulf. A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!", Mr Trump tweeted. Russian Federation has dismissed accusations that Mr Assad was responsible as a "provocation", and demanded an impartial investigation of the attack.

Douma residents said that Syria's national red, white and black flag with two green stars was raised on Wednesday above the main mosque, which was also used as the office of the town's opposition-run council.

With tensions growing, pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria over the next 72 hours.

Trump has, however, cast doubt on the timing of the possible military action, saying, "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

Theresa May is planning to join the United States in taking military action in Syria without a vote in Parliament, according to a new report from the BBC.

"Some people say Sarin, but I've seen very little useful evidence on that front, and nobody seems to be able to say what delivery device would have been used.it's not a gas, so you don't put it in gas cylinders as you would chlorine".

It's not yet clear what kind of military action May is reportedly considering taking. That then deterred the USA administration of Barack Obama from similar action. However, there is some evidence it was sprayed from helicopters, they said.

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