Three Russian Journalists Injured in Syria: Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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"We still firmly believe that it is important to abstain from taking steps, which may be detrimental to the already fragile situation (in Syria)", he said, repeating the Kremlin's position that the gas attack claims were "far-fetched and can not excuse any use of force".

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria", he said.

A Kremlin spokesman has said claims of a chemical weapons attack were fabricated.

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations warned that a U.S. attack would have "grave repercussions". "The more time that passes allows the Russian military in Syria to take positions that will complicate any deconfliction and reduce the U.S. targeting options".

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, Trump described the missiles that will hit Syria as "nice and new and smart", before going on to refer to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a "Gas Killing Animal".

Trump's threats of retaliatory military action prompted a slew of Russian comments that warned that U.S. strikes could trigger direct military clash between the two former Cold War adversaries.

President Donald Trump's national security team has met to discuss the US response to the Syrian government's apparent use of chemical weapons on its own people.

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The most recent count was laid on Wednesday, when McArthur was formally charged in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi. Police are also waiting for warmer weather to investigate other properties associated with McArthur, Idsinga said.

A Swedish draft resolution, circulated to council members Thursday and obtained by AP, would also express the council's determination to establish "a new impartial, independent and professional" investigative body to determine responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

He said: "We hope that there will be no point of no return - that the USA and their allies will refrain from military action against a sovereign state".

Asked if he thought the St Petersburg bomb was the beginning of a Central Intelligence Agency plot to oust him from power, as has been suggested in the media, Putin answered, It will take more than a bag of tricks in a subway to make me blink.

Soon after the tweets Russia's Foreign Ministry said that "smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not legal government".

In response to the Trump's threat, Russian warships reportedly left the Syrian port in Tartus in order to repel a possible attack.

In a series of Twitter broadsides that coincided with Russia-focused segments on his favoured channel Fox News, Trump opened the door to military attacks against the Kremlin's Syrian allies and voiced the toughest anti-Russian rhetoric of his presidency.

Amid warnings that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be "suicide" and could end his presidency, Trump unexpectedly blamed Mueller for preventing better ties with Russian Federation.

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