Russia's military presence in Syria at a glance

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The strikes were seen as a middle ground between a limited and largely symbolic strike - such as last year's the USA missile attack - and a large-scale assault that either could destroy Syria's chemical weapons or could weaken Bashar Assad's grip on power.

"Did a chemical weapons attack happen?"

Tuesday: Nebenzia told the U.N. Security Council that images and videos of children foaming at the mouth and dying were fake.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he called the ambassadors of the Council's veto-wielding powers, the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China, "to reiterate my deep concern about the risks of the current impasse and stressed the need to avoid the situation spiralling out of control".

Vladimir Putin is calling the USA -led missile strikes against Syrian targets an "act of aggression against a sovereign state".

The statement also condemned the air strikes on Syria where its armed forces are backing regime leader Bashar al-Assad.

Davis explained that Putin would say, "We're going to keep this quiet, and we're going to calm things down", but in the meanwhile, "he will stab someone in the back".

While the prospect of US-led military action that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East, the White House accused Syria of carrying out a toxic gas attack on April 7 that killed dozens of people in the town of Douma, near Damascus.

Volunteer first responders and activists claimed a chemical attack by the Syrian government killed over 40 people in the town of Douma, which drew worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response. But Mattis and other members of his national security team cautioned Trump during the meeting that such a strategy could pull the United States into direct conflict with Russian Federation and Iran.

At least 70 people were killed in two suspected chemical attacks on the Syrian town last Saturday. "This is not a threat".

"We welcome this operation that articulates the conscience of all humanity in the face of the Douma attack which has a strong suspicion of being carried out by the regime", the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Why have the U.S. and allies made a decision to take the step, considering there has been no proper investigation into the attack in Douma?

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He did not say what the evidence was.

Over the weekend, Mr. Trump blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad and his global allies, including Russian President Vladmir Putin for the apparent attack that left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Russian experts had inspected the site of the alleged attack in Douma, just east of Damascus, and found no trace of chemical weapons.

"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged incident and the special services of one state at the forefront of the Russophobic campaign were at play", Lavrov claimed.

"The danger of escalation is higher than simply Syria, because our militaries are there. There is no reason for this", Trump said. "I really, really am".

Both European allies have pledged a "joint response" to the alleged chemical attack.

Biological samples from the area of the attack in Syria have tested positive for chlorine and a sarin-like nerve agent, according to a U.S. official who's familiar with the U.S. analysis of the test results.

Macron claimed in a TV interview Thursday that he had "proof" that Assad's regime had used chemical weapons and vowed a response "in due course". "We used the normal deconfliction channel to deconflict airspace".

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