Trump refuses to give timeline for Syria intervention
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2018,
Apr 17, 2018, 20:04
The president is also speaking with allies in Great Britain and France about a possible coordinated effort, though German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday her country would not participate in possible military action in Syria.
Vyacheslav Nikonov, a senior lawmaker in the Kremlin-controlled lower house of parliament, said in televised remarks that the Russian military was getting its electronic countermeasures and air defense assets ready for action.
Asked about Macron's comments, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stressed that Trump's plans for the region have not changed.
United States President, Donald Trump has said Russian Federation should "get ready" for missiles to be fired at its ally, Syria.
Assad said Thursday that Western threats to strike Syria are based on "lies" and seek to undermine his forces' advances near Damascus. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!".
The ongoing deliberations reflected the conundrum Trump faces as he contemplates wading further into Syria's multi-sided civil war.
Head of the Federation Council's Interim Commission for Information Policy and Mass Media Relations Alexei Pushkov said that the U.S. may conduct a military strike on Syria, but denounced it as absolutely senseless and the statement about it as President Donald Trump's "purely image story".
Having responded militarily past year, and having criticised President Barack Obama for inaction, this president has every reason to make another move against Assad.
"We are trying to stop the murder of innocent people".
In his televised address from the White House on Friday, Trump said the USA was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends a pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. Syria joined the pact in 2013 as part of the agreement to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile, negotiated between Russian Federation and the Obama administration.
Nebenzia said the situation was "very dangerous" and they "cannot exclude any possibilities".
She says there have been no decisions yet on whether to strike Syria despite the president's tweet Wednesday morning threatening to fire "nice and new and 'smart!'" missiles. He said on Monday that a decision would be made within 48 hours. Trump's tweet also bragged that the USA missiles will be "nice and new and smart", implying that Russian Federation won't be able to shoot them down.
But since then he's suggested he'll wait for further advice from military advisers and USA allies.
The attack at the weekend led to widespread condemnation, as Theresa May agreed with Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron that the global community "needed to respond" following the suspected attack.
Official said at the time he was moved by images brought to him by his daughter Ivanka and other White House officials.
However, warning of an imminent strike could force us military officials to modify their list of potential targets - which could range from airfields or chemical storage sites to locations in Assad's backyard of Damascus depending on the intended message.
The public suggestion of United States military confrontation with Russian Federation is sure to raise tensions in an already volatile situation and add more confusion to U.S. policy in the region.
At the Pentagon, the director of the Joint Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, said the more than 100 missile strikes delivered a blow to the "heart" of Syria's chemical weapons network.
Macron went further in an interview with France's TF1, suggesting the gas used was chlorine.
British ministers have agreed to "take action" over the Assad regime's barbaric chemical attack on civilians at the weekend.
Those comments go further than United States officials have been willing to in public.
Mattis said that Russian Federation, which has allied itself with Bashar Assad's regime, was not consulted or warned about the airstrikes.
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 in Douma, a town in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta that is on the verge of falling to the regime after a long and bloody siege.
"Missiles must fly towards terrorists, not a legitimate government that has been fighting worldwide terrorism in its territory for several years", Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova posted on Facebook in response. The tweet followed Russia's warning that it will strike at incoming USA missiles and their launch platforms.