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May 'orders British submarines into position' as United Kingdom considers strike against Syria

15 April 2018

Tensions increased further yesterday after US President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile strike in the war-torn country.

Half a world away in New York, Russia's United Nations ambassador warned the priority in Syria was to avert US-led strikes that could lead to a unsafe confrontation between the world's two preeminent nuclear powers. On Wednesday he vowed to thwart Russia's missile defense system in Syria, warning that rockets "will be coming, nice and new and 'smart'". -Russian conflict. Vassily Nebenzia said Russia is very concerned with "the risky escalation" of the situation and "aggressive policies" and preparations that some governments are making, a clear reference to the Trump administration and its allies. But Moscow remains alone because leaders of Western countries have taken the side of the U.S., announcing that they will join it if it chose to attack the Assad forces directly. As reported by the state-run Tass news agency, Yevtushenko added that Syria's official flag had now been hoisted over Douma, signaling control over Eastern Ghouta.

Since Saturday, when images of ashen toddlers struggling for breath emerged from Douma - the main city in the Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus that has been a crucible of revolt against Bashar Al-Assad's regime - there has been a sustained military buildup in the eastern Mediterranean.

Worldwide observers with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have yet to reach the Damascus suburb of Douma, where the attack took place.

Syrian opposition activists and medics say a suspected gas attack last week in Douma killed more than 40 people.

Moscow and the Syrian regime deny that the gas attack took place or that either regime was involved.

Trump's announcement put the media into anticipation overdrive as some kind of action seemed imminent, but so far the only shots fired have been on Twitter.

The Security Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday at the request of Bolivia, which wants to discuss the escalation of rhetoric over Syria and threats of unilateral military action.

As the showdown between Russian Federation and the United States got underway, Moscow's Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of "planting this resolution" as a "pretext" to justify action against Syria and "taking yet one more step toward confrontation". He said he has been talking regularly this week with U.S. President Donald Trump about the most effective response.

Russia, which backs Mr Assad, has softened its initial threats to retaliate against USA ships and bases in event of an attack. Russian Federation and Iran, Syria's allies, have also denied that Mr. Assad used chemical weapons.

The prime minister does not need parliamentary backing to launch military action in Syria, but she could find her minority government losing critical backbench support if she goes ahead without a thorough debate in parliament on the issue.

Macron, the French president, said he had "proof" that the Assad government mounted the chemical weapons attack. In the year since Trump's Tomahawk attack, Assad appears to have used poison gas, showing that a USA response has its limits. And if we are serious about confronting Iran, Syria remains the most important battlefield.

Last year, the United States carried out strikes from two Navy destroyers against a Syrian air base after another toxic gas attack on a rebel-controlled pocket.

May 'orders British submarines into position' as United Kingdom considers strike against Syria