Syrians showed signs of chemical attack — UN

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In an interview with Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV station, Zasypkin said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missile fired at Syria".

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad are hard to take.

Peskov wouldn't say if Moscow could use a Russian-U.S. military hotline to avoid escalation in the event of a U.S. strike, saying only that "the hotline exists and has remained active".

Escalating tensions over the chemicals attack threaten to bring the US and Russia into direct conflict in Syria where they have backed opposing sides in the seven-year civil war while sharing a common goal to drive the Islamic State out of the region.

"Nothing is off the table", Trump said, when asked about a military response.

Reuters reports that Haley said she planned to put the draft resolution to a vote on Tuesday (today).

The move was meant to send a firm message to Assad, and at the time, Trump said it was in the "vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons".

At the time, the Pentagon claimed that a fifth of Syria's operational aircraft were either damaged or destroyed.

The talks stressed that threats of some Western countries to attack Syria, "based on the lies fabricated by these countries and their tools of the terrorist organizations inside Syria, came after the liberation of the eastern Ghouta and the failure of a new bet of those upon which these countries have relied in the war on Syria".

Meanwhile Russia's defence ministry said on Friday Britain was involved in the suspected chemical attack in Douma, Reuters reported.

Mr. Trump told reporters on Monday during a Cabinet meeting that the administration would be making a "major" decision on Syria within the next 24 to 48 hours. "Similarly, Russian specialists who collected necessary samples from the alleged scene confirmed that they had not found traces of toxic agents".

The World Health Organisation on Wednesday demanded "immediate" access to the victims of the alleged chemical attack. Officials said Thursday the trio has yet to reach firm agreement on the scale or timing of a response.

French President Emanuel Macron has called for a "strong, united and resolute" response. It must now be obvious that every ounce of aid given by the west to the Syrian opposition since 2011 has just prolonged that country's agony.

"The team is preparing to deploy to Syria shortly", it added, saying the OPCW's director general Ahmet Uzumcu wants the team "to establish facts surrounding these allegations".

Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, urged the UK Government to share with Westminster the evidence it had of the Syrian Government's involvement and that of its Russian backers in last weekend's suspected chemical attack.

Douma, the last rebel stronghold outside of the capital Damascus, was hit by a chemical weapon attack.