US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 9, 2018. "They seem not to really believe that Russian Federation will give a tough military response and expect some sort of a local brawl, exchanging some minor blows. He will, everybody will". Its argument that a one-off military strike is enough to deter Assad from using chemical weapons again is clearly untrue.
Corker has called for "surgical strikes" against Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad's government for allegedly carrying out a chemical attack against Syrian civilians last week.
Opposition activists have said that Syrian forces have been on high alert at all military bases, from Sweida province in the south, to Aleppo province in the north, to the Mediterranean coast in the west to Deir el-Zour in the east, along the Iraqi border.
"The pretext of a chemical attack has become well known to everybody and is a flimsy and unsubstantiated excuse to target Syria", the ministry statement said.
Since then, the regime is alleged to have repeatedly used chlorine and other chemicals, forcing Pentagon planners to consider broader action.
President Donald Trump overnight warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria, suggesting imminent retaliation for last weekend's suspected chemical weapons attack.
Meanwhile, the bottom right of the graph illustrates the deterrent effect of the Trump administration's cruisemissile barrage last spring.
"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'", Trumpwrote in a post on Twitter. Rescuers say more than 40 people were killed in Saturday's alleged toxic gas attack.
Trump charged that the investigation is "headed up by all Democrat loyalists". Social media pages were flush with defiant comments, mostly from government supporters, some lamenting Syria's perpetual conflict while others taunted Trump to go through with his threats.
"Smart missiles should be fired at terrorists and not at the legitimate government which has been fighting terrorists", Zakharova wrote on Facebook.
Russian Federation and the Syrian government strongly deny the allegations or that any chemical weapons attack took place.
The 2017 USA assault is probably the best guide for what Trump may do now, but he could choose other launch options. "The use of chemical weapons is a clear red line, and there must be consequences for crossing it", he said.
Peskov added there were no plans for Putin to call Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron or UK Prime Minister Theresa May amid the crisis.
"Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime's chemical capabilities", he said, insisting he did "not want an escalation".
The UnitedNations Security Council met on Tuesday for an urgent discussion on Syria.
"The situation is tense", Mr Peskov said, adding that Russian Federation is calling for an "unprejudiced and objective investigation before making judgments" on chemical weapons use. He continued to dispute USA claims that a chemical attack took place in the town.
Syria invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a respected global watchdog, to conduct an investigation.
Another pleads: "President Obama, do not attack Syria".
Meanwhile, the deployment of United Kingdom soldiers to support French and African troops combating jihadist fighters in Mali in 2013 was authorised by Mr Cameron without a vote. Israel is reportedly anticipating a USA strike. Still, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee, said Trump's "premature" declaration emboldened Assad.
"I won't get into the operational details, but we are constantly in touch with the Americans".
First, the chart shows clearly that the attack in Ghouta in 2013 is a massive outlier, one that the Assad regime has not repeated.
An even more threatening situation may evolve if the USA and its allies use manned aircraft, and the Russian strike results in casualties.