Russian lawmaker warns U.S. against 'war crime' Syria strike

The vote came after two competing drafts on a broader investigative mechanism for chemical weapons use in Syria failed to pass the Security Council.

Alexey Malashenko, a specialist in the Syria conflict, said Washington and Moscow were more likely to remain engaged in a war of words.

Mr. Trump said that the administration is still "studying" the situation in Syria closely and is talking to military leaders about an appropriate response.

"I am not going to comment on U.S. military actions". Sanders said the president's national security team to discuss the options regarding Syria.

Less than a day after President Trump threatened an imminent military strike against Syria, war monitors there say government forces and their allies are on alert and taking precautionary measures at military bases across the country amid fears of an attack by the United States.

The US has called for a UN Security Council vote on action against chemical attacks in Syria this evening. United States President Donald Trump cancelled his first official visit to Latin America this week to focus on the suspected attack.

Last April, after a Sarin nerve agent attack killed more than 80 people in a Syrian opposition-held town, Trump ordered the firing of dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian government air base from U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean.

"But we can't let atrocities like we all witnessed. we can't let that happen in our world. especially when we're able to because of the power of the United States, the power of our country, we're able to stop it".

Bashar Assad's government again faces worldwide pressure over the alleged attack.

Given the prospect of conflict with Russian Federation as well as Syria, Sanders said that "all options are on the table".

Rival draft resolutions by both the USA and Russian Federation to set up a new expert body to probe chemical weapons attacks in Syria have failed to pass at the United Nations Security Council. Russian US Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Washington's decision to put forward its resolution could be a prelude to a Western strike on Syria.

American ambassador Nikki Haley said the United States "went the extra mile" to get Russian support for the resolution to ensure that a new investigative body would be impartial, independent and professional - things she said would not be guaranteed by a rival Russian resolution.

The US president has been in talks with Britain and France to secure a joint response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in the rebel- held town of Douma.

The council debated whether to vote on sending the OPCW to Douma, but investigators are already en route following a request made by the Syrian government to the group.

  • Sylvester Abbott