USA and Russian Federation both using 'deconfliction' hotline, says Moscow

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHeitkamp says Trump asked her to switch parties Trump to meet with GOP leaders at White House on Wednesday: report Ex-acting deputy AG Boente was asked to interview with Mueller: report MORE in an early morning tweet on Wednesday warned Moscow that "nice and new and "smart" missiles would be headed to Syria, saying, "Get ready Russian Federation".

Military strikeUS President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, 11-04-2018. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'", Trump said.

"France will not allow any escalation that could harm the stability of the region as a whole but we can't let regimes that think they can do everything they want, including the worst things that violate global law, to act", Macron said.

Citing a Foreign Ministry source, state news agency SANA said Syria was ready to cooperate with a fact-finding team.

USA and Russian Federation both using 'deconfliction' hotline, says Moscow
USA and Russian Federation both using 'deconfliction' hotline, says Moscow

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of President Bashar Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years. The prospect of a military escalation in Syria comes after members of the United Nations Security Council failed to agree on a concerted worldwide response on Tuesday.

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 Syrian government has denied any involvement in launching the chemical attack.

The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has convened a Cabinet meeting for Thursday "to discuss the response to Syria", though it's unclear if she'll seek approval for a strike.

But while the Russian president's lieutenants continued to up the ante with threats and allegations, Vladimir Putin himself adopted a more statesmanlike tone, in remarks to new ambassadors presenting their credentials at the Kremlin.

Questions about the timetable came a day after Trump signaled an attack in a response to a Russian threat to shoot down US missiles aimed at Syria.

Earlier today, Trump tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

That panel had found that the Syrian air force had dropped sarin on the village of Khan Sheikhun in April of past year.

He said that people in Syria have lost everything and they no longer have anything left to lose if Britain and its allies take military action against Assad.

With punitive United States military action seemingly imminent, Russian Federation scrambled to deflect blame from Syria's Bashar al-Assad and, according to a monitor group, regime forces evacuated key defense buildings in Damascus. The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) said it has received reports that an estimated 500 patients at Syrian health facilities have exhibited signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals, after the shelling of a Damascus suburb over the weekend. Western powers are convinced a chemical attack was instigated by the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Syria and Russian Federation have disputed such reports.