Trump Calls Out Putin After Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria

In Moscow, a senior Russian lawmaker said his country is willing to help arrange a visit this week for experts from the global chemical weapons watchdog to the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria.

Russian Federation has warned the U.S. against a hasty military action on Syria, saying there would be grave consequences.

"We are not surprised by this reckless escalation from a regime like the one in the United States, which has and continues to sponsor terrorism in Syria", said the statement, carried by state media.

Trump has suggested that he has little doubt that Syrian government forces are to blame for what he says was a chemical attack, but neither he nor other administration officials have produced hard evidence.

The US missile strike was against a Syrian air base which Washington said was used to launch the strike.

Syria's state-run news agency earlier reported that missiles struck the T4 air base early on Monday.

The Senate Armed Services chairman urged Trump to retaliate against Assad the way he did previous year when he ordered a missile strike on a Syrian airbase.

Trump referred in a tweet to "Animal Assad" and criticised Russia and Iran for backing the Syrian leader, directly naming Russian President Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the Syrian regime "and its backers, including Russian Federation, must be held to account" if the government is found to be responsible for the poison gas attack.

On Saturday, the attack in Syria - allegedly using chemical weapons, unleashed by the government - occurred in Douma.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday cancelled a planned trip to Latin America later this week to focus instead on responding to the Syria incident, the White House said.

It was earlier report that the USA requested on Tuesday a United Nations vote at 1900 GMT on Syria chemical inquiry.

Syria and Moscow denounced the allegations as "fabrications" and warned against using them to justify military action.

The accord will tighten the government's grip on Eastern Ghouta, a former opposition enclave, which has been the target of a sustained campaign by the Syrian military in recent weeks.

They said Russian military officers took the measures after they became concerned the USA would retaliate to the attacks.

An early morning strike on a Syrian government air base in the country's centre killed 14 fighters, including Iranian forces allied to the regime, a monitoring group said on Monday.

  • Leroy Wright