Trump Loses Russian Warrior Status As Cossacks Threaten to Burn His Effigy

Alexander Zasypkin

According to a statement by the French presidency, Macron called for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

Activists, rescue workers and medics say dozens of people died when government aircraft dropped bombs filled with toxic chemicals on the formerly rebel-held town of Douma on Saturday.

Moscow and the United States are using their channels of communications on Syria, he added. Britain also scheduled an emergency cabinet meeting.

British leader May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons.

Earlier this week, Trump tweeted that the relationship between the U.S. and Russian Federation was at its worst point in history, including the Cold War, and hinted at possible mutual efforts to prevent a new arms race.

Speaking after a closed-door UN Security Council meeting over US President Donald Trump's threats of an imminent military action against Syria over an alleged chemical attack, Nebenzia told reporters Thursday that the presence of Russian troops in the Middle Eastern country had made the situation even more unsafe. "From the point of view of the president, this was aggression and we share this position", Russia's TASS news agency quoted lawmaker Sergei Zheleznyak as saying after the meeting with Assad.

The withdrawal plan, which still doesn't have the backing of USA military leaders and diplomats, entails leaving behind a smaller force to hunt down Islamic State fighters and help local forces secure areas liberated from the terrorist outfit.

President Donald Trump has put off a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen "very soon or not so soon at all".

The New York Times reports Syrian planes have been taken to a Russian base near Latakia on the country's coast, and that some Russian personnel and equipment have also been moved.

World stocks edged down as anxious investors stayed wary of risky assets.

Nebenzia said troops would escort investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the area of the alleged attack, indicating that this would provide evidence to support his defence.

Asked if he had seen enough evidence to blame the Syrian president, Mattis said: "We're still working on this".

"We are talking about the moves to either terminate or suspend global cooperation of Russia and Russian legal entities with the United States and organisations that remain under the jurisdiction of the United States, in the nuclear industry, in aircraft building, in rocket and propulsion industry", Melnikov said.

"The situation in the world is becoming more and more chaotic but all the same we hope that common sense will finally prevail and worldwide relations will take a constructive path", he said.

"We must avoid a nuclear conflict", Pushkov said. However, this kind of action is unlikely to have any positive impact on the U.S. economy or the Dow Jones, at least in the near future. A USA guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean. Trump on Wednesday had warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.

The Security Council met behind closed doors at the request of Bolivia, a supporter of Russian Federation, to discuss the threat of military action against Syria as Trump was huddled with his national security advisors in Washington.

Trump has largely avoided criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, though he singled him out in a tweet over the weekend for supporting Assad.

But Guterres said Syria today is the most serious, and "there is no military solution to the conflict".

The BBC reported that May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in military action. That then deterred the United States administration of Barack Obama from similar action.

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