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Trump Keeps His Syria Attack Options Open as Russia Urges Calm

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Putin watches the troops marching as he and Syrian President Bashar Assad visit the Hemeimeem air base in Syria

Putin, who was addressing a group of foreign ambassadors in a speech aired on state television, warned that the situation in the world is worrying, but said he hoped that common sense would prevail.

"If there is a USA missile attack, we - in line with both Putin and Russia's chief of staff's remarks - will shoot down USA rockets and even the sources that launched the missiles", a Russian official said, according to Al Jazeera.

Aides and allies say they are alarmed by Trump's increasing anger over an array of developments, from film star Stormy Daniels' lawsuit to Mueller's probe, as he tweeted threats of military strikes in Syria.

Russia's U.N. ambassador is calling for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to hear from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on threat to worldwide peace and security from possible military action against Syria by the US and its allies. A USA guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

President Trump's tweet comes less than a few days after the Russian backed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, allegedly ordered a chemical gas attack in the town of Douma.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a top Russian military official told reporters on Wednesday that the alleged chemical attack was a staged attempt to frame the Syrian government.

Donald Trump and Western allies are in talks over a possible military strike against Syria.

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In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May said all the indications pointed to Syrian government responsibility for the Douma attack and such "a shocking and barbaric act" could not go unchallenged.

The US will most likely choose to strike the Syrian army's command and control headquarters along with its chemical weapons storage facilities, according to Shahbazov.

Trump's warning was in response to an earlier threat by Russian Federation to shoot down any missiles America launches into Syria.

"If we know where the chemical weapons are then they can be destroyed". At least six Syrian military personnel were killed during the attacks. "Despite that, a violation of the chemical weapons convention is a grave occurrence, for which a reaction will be appropriate".

Last October, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he was working towards better relations with India after he accused it of not putting pressure on North Korea to end its reckelss war programme. "The president has a number of options at his disposal".

"There must be a consistent Syria policy, that is the key thing", Norbert Roettgen, a Merkel party ally and chairman of the foreign policy committee in Germany's parliament, said on Deutschlandfunk radio on Thursday. President [Vladimir] Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.

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