Russian Federation warns United States against Syria strike


President Donald Trump tweeted a warning to Russia Wednesday morning regarding a potential missile strike in Syria.

Despite Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his government denied launching the chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma on Saturday, Mr Trump called him a "gas killing animal" in one of his tweets.

Pro-government forces in Syria are emptying main airports and military air bases over possible USA strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Wednesday.

Russia's Ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, warned Tuesday evening in an interview on Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar TV that any US missiles fired at Syria will be shot down and their launch sites targeted.

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Syrian government forces are a different level of target to most U.S. foes.

The warning came during a fractious meeting of the UN Security Council, where Russian Federation and western allies failed to reach an agreement on an appropriate global response to the use of chemical weapons.

Russian Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir said Wednesday that military police would be sent to Douma on Thursday. In the past, the USA and its Western allies have accused Syria of using sarin gas against civilians, a charge Damascus denies.

Trump tweeted, referring to Moscow's alliance with Assad.

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The Security Council also rejected another Russian-drafted resolution that would have welcomed an investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons of allegations of a weekend chemical attack in the suburbs of Syria's capital.

Trump has spoken out against telegraphing U.S. military plans to enemies in the past.

Oil prices jumped to their highest level in more than three years on Wednesday after Trump's missile warning, and U.S. stock index futures fell sharply amid alarm over possible Russian-U.S. conflict over Syria.

On Monday, Trump said in a meeting with the U.S. military leadership that he would announce in the next 24 to 48 hours what the USA response would be.

With the United Nations in deadlock over the suspected chemical attack in Syria, the diplomatic option for US President Donald Trump's "forceful response" appears to have disappeared.

He said that we used our veto power to promote peace and security in Syria.

That decision suggests the U.S. response may involve a larger military operation than a limited strike, says the BBC's Barbara Plett Usher in Washington.

UN Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Tuesday that the OPCW needs complete access to the site of the chemical attack to determine who is responsible.