After President Trump fired off a tweet Wednesday to warn Russian Federation to "get ready" for USA missiles in Syria in retaliation of an alleged chemical attack, the Kremlin countered that more "serious approaches" were needed to combat the fragile Mideast crisis.
Trump tweeted threats of using "new and smart" missiles against Syria on Wednesday, directing hostility towards Russian Federation in the same breath. "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills people and enjoys it!" he wrote.
The attack comes nearly exactly a year after a chemical atrocity in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun killed dozens of people. "We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies".
His allegations also come after the Russian military traveled to the scene of the alleged incident and determined that there was no evidence of any chemical attack.
Trump did not detail what a strike would look like, or whether these would be USA missiles.
Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting following an alleged chemical attack in Syria, the USA ambassador said that "the Russian regime, whose hands are all covered in the blood of Syrian children, can not be ashamed by pictures of its victims - we've tried that before".
In response, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page, "Smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not the legitimate government which has been fighting against global terrorism in its territory for several years", according to a translation by state-run Tass media.
Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova questioned whether the idea behind military action was to "use the smart missiles to sweep the traces of the provocation under the rug".
Nearly exactly a year ago, the US launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase in retaliation for another chemical weapons attack.
The RIA Novosti news agency quoted Andrei Krasov, the deputy chairman of the Russian parliament's defense committee, as saying that Russia will treat a US airstrike on Syria "not just as an act of aggression but a war crime of the Western coalition".
In a recent string of tweets, Trump condemned Russian Federation and said that Syria should expect missiles and called Bashar al-Assad an "animal".
"There is no reason for this", he said.
"Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do", stated the president. "Stop the arms race?" he tweeted.
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"The missing piece here is the accountability. we have the fact-finding, but we need the other piece which was supplied in the past through the joint investigative mechanism which no longer exists", said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary General on Tuesday. We are totally predictable.
"They have threatened us a thousand times. We have to be unpredictable".
On Monday evening, Trump said that the United States is "going to make a decision tonight or shortly sinces" on the Syria incident.
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump in a post on Twitter warned Russia that missiles "will be coming" in Syria following a suspected chemical attack and chided Russian President Vladimir Putin for being "partners" with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump said this attack will be "met forcefully".
French President Emmanuel Macron said a decision would be made "in the coming days", and that any airstrikes would target the Syrian government's chemical facilities.
But some MPs are calling for a vote in Parliament before any military operations are launched. A US -led coalition has launched thousands of airstrikes - mostly on Islamic State and other extremist rebels. Multiple IS attacks have targeted French soil, including one last month. Officials said at least one helicopter dropped a barrel bomb of chemicals that suffocated a number of civilians, including children. 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.
US officials tell The Associated Press that the allies have weighed launching a military strike as early as the end of this week.
There was no immediate comment from Syrian officials. The U.S. got a dictator in the middle of a civil war to voluntarily hand over his stockpile of chemical weapons without our country firing a single shot.
The Prime Minister did not indicate whether Britain will be involved in the military campaign but insisted continued attacks "cannot go unchallenged" as she pledged to continue working with the UK's "closest allies" on how the dictatorship is held to account.
The United States, Britain and France have argued the attack bears all the hallmarks of a strike ordered by the regime, which has been blamed for previous attacks by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Furthermore, Russia has vetoed efforts at the United Nations to establish an independent investigation of the incident - and on Wednesday, announced that it would be sending its own forces into Douma.