Pro-Assad official says targeted bases were evacuated on Russian warning

A pinpoint USA strike on Syrian targets that does not harm Russian personnel "will allow Trump to say that the Assad regime has paid a heavy price. and Russia in its turn will be able to limit itself to ringing statements", said Fyodor Lukyanov, the head of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policies, an association of top Russian political and security experts.

Experts who spoke to Business Insider about the recent military tensions between the United States and Syria over Russian Federation have unanimously said that Russian Federation is bluffing, and that they don't want a conventional war with the USA, as they would quickly and soundly lose.

Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until Assad's government stopped its use of chemical weapons.

A Downing Street spokesperson added: "They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

In another series of tweets, Trump bemoaned the state of U.S. -Russia relationship, saying it "is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".

What has Trump said about the attack?

"We also hold Russian Federation responsible for their failure to stop chemical weapons attacks from taking place", Ms Sanders said.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia insisted that there was "no credible confirmation of toxic substance use in Douma", adding that "we have information to believe that what took place is a provocation with the participation of certain countries' intelligence services".

Russian Federation entered Syria's civil war in 2015 and has backed the Assad regime.

France says it will decide in the coming days whether to launch a military strike over a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

"The latest USA administration an attempt to fight us through unfair competition, limit our development and create tensions on the economy and the currency and fund markets", he told the Russian parliament.

"Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'". Russian Federation has also used its United Nations veto six times to prevent condemnation of Assad's use of chemical weapons.

In an interview to be seen Sunday night on ABC, former FBI Director James Comey compared President Donald Trump with a "mob boss", according to a report by Axios.

"We stand ready to provide military options if they're appropriate, as the President determined", he said.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Wednesday that Israel's "crimes will not remain unanswered".

During his meeting with Trump and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford, Mattis pushed for more evidence of the Assad regime's culpability for the attack, to bolster the case for air strikes, The New York Times reported.

Syrian relief workers said 60 people were killed in Saturday's suspected chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma.

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump's threats to attack are "reckless" and endanger worldwide peace and security.

"We will pour gasoline over it and burn it, together with a USA flag", he said.

"We are aware that the United States carrier battle group led by the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and escorting ships are heading to the Persian Gulf and are scheduled to arrive in about early May", he said.

Fears of confrontation between Russian Federation, the Syrian state's key ally, and the West ran high after Mr Trump said missiles "will be coming" and lambasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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