State news agency RIA Novosti on Wednesday quoted Andrei Krasov, deputy chairman of the State Duma's defense committee, as saying that Russian Federation will treat a USA airstrike on Syria "not just as an act of aggression but a war crime of the Western coalition".
As tensions mounted over a face-off with Damascus-ally Russian Federation, opponents of unilateral U.S. action called an emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council for Thursday. He was scheduled to stay overnight and have a meeting with Henry Kissinger.
USA military officials are probably planning for a larger, more robust strike than the one US warships launched April 7, 2017, in response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons, said a former senior Defense official familiar with planning for that attack.
"Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean/Nicosia FIR area", it said, referring to the designated airspace.
This comes as Trump has also said that, "Our relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as well as military personnel responsible for America's sea-based Aegis missile defence system huddled at the White House on Wednesday to discuss options.
Guterres urged the Security Council to "act responsibly in these unsafe circumstances".
Russia's military has denied that soil samples or other tests revealed the use of chemical weapons.
While the Pentagon stressed the narrow, precise-nature of the attacks, Trump emphasized in announcing the strikes that the allied forces "are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".
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 Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.
Earlier, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier said in televised remarks that "we don't participate in Twitter diplomacy", adding that "it's important not to make any steps that could further destabilize the already fragile situation".
Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime, saying it could trigger a direct military clash.
"The intelligence provided certainly paints a different picture", Sanders said. The second is that a single, retaliatory missile strike is enough to deter future chemical weapons attacks.
Russian Federation later hit back, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying "we do not participate in Twitter diplomacy" in comments reported by the Interfax news agency.
The Commons does not return until Monday, yet USA and French strikes may take place before then. He told Russia: "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"
Russia's US embassy released a statement warning that the airstrikes will "not be left without consequences".
"It's just awful what happened in Syria", the congressman said". As Assad's latest latest rampage shows, he does not appear to be cowed by threats from the West, which have been mostly ineffectual throughout the country's seven-year-long civil war.
Trump has consulted with U.S. allies, particularly France and the United Kingdom, about a coordinated response to the suspected chemical attack, but officials say they have not reached a firm agreement on scale or timing.
In the last few days, Trump has blamed the authoritarian Assad regime for the chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrian civilians, including children and women, in the Damascus suburb of Douma.
The OPCW said it would "shortly" deploy a fact-finding team to Douma for an investigation, but U.S. officials said they were working from their own information and would not necessarily hold back. This happened past year.
That incident, which killed hundreds, also took place in Eastern Ghouta.