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Chemical weapons watchdog to send inspectors to Syria

12 April 2018

The Russian military said on March 13 it would respond to any United States strike on Syria, targeting any missiles and launchers involved in such an attack.

Ms Haley said the draft resolution was not impartial or independent since it would allow Russian Federation to veto investigators and staff for the new body - and to block its findings. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'", Trumpwrote in a post on Twitter.

President Trump on Wednesday issued a stern warning to Russian Federation, tweeting that he will direct an air strike at Syria in response to last week's chemical attack and chastising the Kremlin for its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Sanders said Vice President Mike Pence will travel in Trump's stead.

"It will be met, and it will be met forcefully", Trump said before meeting with senior military leaders late Monday.

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Syria's government has repeatedly denied accusations of using toxic weapons including chlorine and sarin throughout the country's seven-year war.

Meanwhile, the global chemical weapons watchdog has said it will send a fact-finding team to the site in Douma.

She continued, "Chemical weapons have once again been used on Syrian men, women, and children".

When he wrote about the Syrian chemical weapon attack Sunday, Jazz noted that the U.S. State Department response seemed to be leaning pretty heavily on Russia's responsibility.

"I think as more time is going on, that window is closing for some kind of response that's going to make any difference on the ground", Lyons said, noting that it still needs to be proven if it was a chemical attack.

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The statement by the Foreign Ministry in Damascus comes as a war of words is raging between Washington and Moscow over last weekend's suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital.

Photo taken on April 10, 2018 shows the United Nations Security Council voting on a Russian-drafted resolution on inquiry into chemical weapons use in Syria at the UN headquarters in NY.

The White House on Tuesday abruptly announced the cancellation of US President Donald Trump's first trip to Latin America, scheduled for later this week, saying he wants to "oversee the American response to Syria".

Prior to the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said, "At a certain point, you're either for an independent and impartial investigation, or you're not".

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May also spoke to President Trump and President Macron of France in separate calls on Tuesday.

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"This provocation was like a breeze of the fresh air needed by militants who received such timely support from the USA and other Western countries", Nebenzia said at the UNSC meeting on Tuesday.

Chemical weapons watchdog to send inspectors to Syria