US President Donald Trump took to his Twitter page and called on Russian Federation, which maintains a military presence in Syria to help Assad fight terror, to be ready for a potential US missile attack.
If the USA action follows the pattern of a previous punitive strike on Syria past year, it will begin with a salvo of cruise missiles fired from American warships in the Mediterranean, as Trump implied when he tweeted they would be "nice, new and "smart".
"You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" He called for a "strong and joint response" to the attack in the Syrian town of Douma on Saturday, which Syrian activists and rescuers say killed 40 people.
President Donald Trump has threatened retaliatory military action, prompting a slew of Russian comments that warned that US strikes could trigger direct military clash between the two former Cold War adversaries. There is no reason for this. Stop the arms race?'
The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the attack.
Moscow has cautioned the US not to launch a military attack. In the past Trump has vowed to stand up to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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As it looked to head off the threat of Western strikes, Syria said it had invited the OPCW to visit the site of the alleged attack.
"We are attentively tracking the situation unfolding around Syria and in the whole region", the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
Trump had said Monday a response to the Syria attack would come within days.
The Russians cautioned the USA against striking Syria as it had done after the Assad regime's deadly Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack in 2017.
He said whoever is found responsible will be held accountable.
His social media storm comes in line with his April 9 statements, saying that he was mulling a "powerful" military response to the alleged chemical attack, blamed by Syrian opposition media outlets on the Syrian government without any actual proof.
After meeting with senior military leaders, President Trump canceled a weekend trip to South America to remain at the White House as the U.S., Britain and France draw up plans for a high-stakes airstrike against Syria. Pentagon planners now are also likely to target the pilots and the commanders, said the former official who spoke about military options on condition of anonymity. On Wednesday, he offered the clearest sign yet of his willingness to attack Syria, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and criticizing Moscow for standing by Assad.
The global air traffic control agency Eurocontrol has warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria in the next 72 hours.
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