"It is long overdue that this council condemns the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror and demands worldwide accountability for those responsible for these heinous acts", Mr Ward said in comments obtained by Reuters.
Russia's U.N. ambassador said the United States appears to have adopted a policy to "unleash a military scenario against Syria", saying Moscow continues to observe "dangerous" military preparations. In a statement on Thursday, a watchdog representative said: "The Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirms that the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team is on its way to Syria and will start its work as of Saturday 14 April 2018". "But on this occasion there is none". The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.
The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East on Friday but there was no clear sign a USA -led attack was imminent.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend, a bold charge that comes amid Moscow's stern warnings to the West against striking Syria.
"The current state of USA and United Kingdom network devices, coupled with a Russian government campaign to exploit these devices, threatens our respective safety, security, and economic well-being", it said.
"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".
A source at Downing street also tells about the imminent financial measures against the encirclement of Russian President Vladimir Putin - and against those people who have secret deposits in the UK. Meanwhile, in Britain, the cabinet agreed in principle "on the need to take action" in Syria to "deter the further use of chemical weapons", a Downing Street statement stated.
Any US strike is likely to involve the navy, given the risk to aircraft from Russian and Syrian air defence systems. "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep", he said.
Early Saturday morning local time, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that more than 100 missiles were fired by the US -led coalition retaliating against Syrian President Bashar al-Assads suspected use of chemical weapons.
Trump had repeatedly said he would not telegraph military moves against foes such as North Korea and Islamic State. The medics said none of the patients were hurt by chemicals.
President Donald Trump accused China and Russian Federation of devaluing their currencies, opening a new front in his argument that foreign governments are taking advantage of the USA economy to support their own expansions.
"They could be pre-positioning for use in times of tension", said Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the British governmentâs National Cyber Security Centre cyber defense agency, who added that "millions of machines" were targeted. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"
Assad, who is supported by Iranian-back fighters as well as the Russian air force, has cemented his control over most of the western, more heavily populated, part of the country.
U.S. allies have offered strong words of support for Washington but no clear military plans have yet emerged. Russian Federation is Assad's most powerful ally and its devastating air power has helped him wrest back large areas of territory from rebels since 2015.