Japan to avoid direct support for United States strike on Syria

Japan to avoid direct support for United States strike on Syria

Russian Federation does not seek praise, only genuine cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Zakharova said, commenting on US President Donald Trump's recent tweet.

Since the alleged chemical weapons attack, Moscow has announced that Douma is "totally stabilized" and will be patrolled by Russian military police.

"It's too bad that the world puts us in a position like that", said Trump, as Defense Secretary James Mattis headed to the West Wing to present options for a retaliatory strike.

The day before, 11 April, Donald trump in his Twitter wrote that the United States will use military force in Syria in response to the chemical attack, despite threats from Russian Federation.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the alleged use of chemicals last weekend in the rebel-held city of Douma was a blatant breach of several resolutions taken against Syria by the U.N. Security Council. "Numerous, large-scale attacks on another country without Congressional authorisation are unconstitutional, and they push the U.S. closer to what could be an interminable, all-out conflict in Syria".

"U.N. resolutions have been taken, and today we might be outside the framework of these resolutions, but we are within the framework of global law: This dictator is murdering his own people", Jean-Jacques Bridey, head of the French parliament's defence commission, said this past week.

After Ms. May met with her Cabinet, a spokesperson issued a statement saying it is highly likely that Syria's President Bashar Assad was responsible for Saturday's attack that killed dozens outside Damascus.

"There's a tactical concern that we don't add to innocent civilian deaths and that we do everything humanly possible to avoid that".

Separately on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin would not join any military strikes against Syria, but supports efforts to show the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. More broadly, he doubted the wisdom of bombing.

President Donald Trump is still weighing options for U.S. military action against Syria, as Western powers rallied against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over an apparent chemical weapons attack near Damascus.

At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the USA and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 US presidential election and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted a stark warning of a potential major confrontation.

"I'm not ready to speculate that that would happen", Mr. Mattis said.