Theresa May has summoned an emergency meeting of the Cabinet to discuss the crisis over Syria as Donald Trump signalled the United States was ready to launch air strikes against the regime of Bashar Assad.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders slapped aside Russian suggestions that Saturday's attack in Douma could have been faked and said Trump was still weighing military options in response.
Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump's threats to attack are "reckless" and endanger worldwide peace and security.
The reaction from Assad backer Moscow is unpredictable and Russian Federation has threatened retaliatory action against the United States if missiles are fired at Syria. "We're rapidly reaching that understanding", May said.
Meanwhile, the bottom right of the graph illustrates the deterrent effect of the Trump administration's cruise missile barrage last spring. Yes, mass murder by Al Assad's and Vladimir Putin's forces continued after Trump's first strike in 2017 last year, but larger-scale gas attacks ceased for a full year.
USA officials have consulted with global allies on a possible joint military response to Syria's alleged poison gas attack on a rebel-held town.
The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that 43 people had died in Saturday's attack on Douma from "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals", and more than 500 in all had been treated.
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"Everybody's drawing red lines and as soon as one side crosses the red lines, that forces the other side to respond", he said.
The U.S. has more than 2,000 troops in Syria, and the U.S. -led coalition has launched thousands of airstrikes against the country.
The President signaled in a morning tweet that the United States would fire missiles into Syria: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".
French President Emmanuel Macron said his nation, the USA and Britain will decide how to respond.
Zasypkin also said a clash between Russian Federation and the United States over Syria "should be ruled out and therefore we are ready to hold negotiations".
At the other end of the spectrum is a nightmare scenario that brings the USA and Russian Federation into direct confrontation and pulls in Iran and Israel - with Iran using the Shiite militia Hezbollah as a proxy to attack Israel with long-range rockets, with calamitous consequences for neighboring Lebanon, where Hezbollah is based.
But the strike was limited and created to not draw America into the chaos of Syria's bloody civil war.
At the same time Mrs May is under pressure to give Parliament the chance to vote before committing United Kingdom forces to any new action in Syria, amid fears it could draw the West into direct conflict with Assad's main backer, Russia.
During his 2016 campaign, Trump regularly attacked Obama for previewing USA military strategy, which he argued gave the enemy an advantage by allowing it to fortify itself for the coming attack.
Russian Federation and Iran both maintain troops at air bases across government-controlled areas of Syria.