Trump felt misled, angry over expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats

Trump felt misled, angry over expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats

Russian Federation has been a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has helped turn the tide of war in his favour since entering the conflict in September 2015.

During a week of tense sabre-rattling, Russian officials periodically warned the United States that a military response may spiral out of control to war.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to launch a missile attack on Syria over an alleged chemical weapon attack by the Syrian government, although the accusation was strongly denied by the latter.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said no decision had been taken on military action and stressed the importance of carefully assessing all the implications.

"Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the United States and its allies", Putin said in a statement published on the Kremlin Web site.

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are expected to arrive in Syria over the weekend to investigate the reported attack, following an invitation from Damascus.

French leader Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that France had proof the Syrian government carried out the April 7 attack and would decide whether to strike back when all necessary information had been gathered.

Russia's theories about last Saturday's suspected chemical attack are reminiscent of previous contradictions.

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Konashenkov's claim followed an earlier statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication". "The attack is the blatant violation of worldwide laws, as well as ignoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said according to Iranian state media.

The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over West Asia on Friday but there was no clear sign a US-led attack was imminent.

He said: "More bombing, more killing, more war will not save life. These should be contacts between the diplomats, which imply that we do not include ultimatums and threats", Lavrov said.

France said Thursday it has proof that Syrian government forces, which Russian Federation has pledged to protect, conducted the attack.

Mr Trump himself appeared on Thursday to cast doubt on at least the timing of any US-led military action, tweeting: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said worldwide relations should not depend on one person's morning mood, in apparent reference to Mr Trump's tweets. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!" Trump has blamed Assad and Russian Federation for backing him.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the military action was believed to have been successful. "Russia was supposed to guarantee Assad would not use chemical weapons, and Russian Federation did the opposite".

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