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Russian Federation warns against snap judgments on alleged Syria chemical attack

11 April 2018

"President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled", Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday in a statement.

The White House said Mr Trump will miss an upcoming summit in South America and remain in the United States to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world". US Vice President Mike Pence will fill in for Trump on the tour.

The statement comes one day after the USA and Syria's key ally Russian Federation blocked each other's proposals for an independent investigation during a heated UN Security Council meeting.

Russia's representative accused the US of simply seeking a pretext to justify further use of force against Syria, Michele reported.

After a Sunday threat by President Trump that there would be a "big price to pay" for the attack against civilians, Russian Federation was the first to call for a Monday meeting.

"We're going to make a decision tonight or very shortly thereafter", he told reporters. He added, "Everybody's gonna pay a price. He will. Everybody will". The White House announced Tuesday that he would do so.

A US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

Syria's state-run news agency says the military's air defenses have confronted a missile attack on air base in central Syria and shot down eight missiles.

In April a year ago, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base after a previous chemical weapons attack United Nations monitors later pinned on Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, accused Washington of deliberately stoking worldwide tensions by threatening Russian Federation in a tone "beyond the threshold of what is acceptable, even during the Cold War".

Russian Federation has been a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, providing air cover for his offensive against the Islamic State group and Syrian rebels.

Trump was incensed, and all talk ceased of the seven trillion dollars he had said the United States had wasted on Middle East wars, with nothing to show in return.

Although the agency said it was likely to be "an American aggression", USA officials said the United States had not launched any air strikes on Syria. To the moment, there are no reliable reports explaining how the attack took place and how many people have died. But the world has already learned some valuable lessons regarding the behavior of rogue actors when it comes their pursuit and use of banned weapons. He said Trump's national security team has been talking with the president about the situation.

The UN Security Council was expected to discuss the crisis later on Monday.

Trump told reporters on Monday the U.S. was "strongly renegotiating" Nafta and that he sees "a chance to make a deal". Americans are desperately in the quest for legitimate intervention in Syria possibly for another strike against government targets. This is in contrast to an incident one year ago in which USA intelligence agencies had video and other evidence of certain aspects of the actual attack, which involved the use of Sarin gas.

For the second time in less than 24 hours, Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone to coordinate their response, the White House said.

Russian Federation warns against snap judgments on alleged Syria chemical attack