World on BRINK: Russia threatens GRAVEST CONSEQUENCES if US acts in Syria

World on BRINK: Russia threatens GRAVEST CONSEQUENCES if US acts in Syria

RUSSIA has warned that any foreign military strike against Syria may lead to the “gravest of consequences” after a suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people outside Damascus and President Trump warned there would be a “big price to pay”.

Following the chemical attack outside Damascus in Syria, the US has demanded an immediate international response while Moscow has warned against any military strike.

Syrian opposition activists said on Sunday that the attack had killed at least 49 people.

They said that Syrian military helicopters dropped barrel bombs filled with chemicals over the weekend, suffocating and killing dozens of people.

President Trump said there would be a “big price to pay” for the chemical attack that killed dozens of people by poison gas and he slammed the Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

On Twitter, he wrote: “President Putin, Russia and Iran and responsible for backing Animal Assad, Big price to pay.”

World on BRINK: Russia threatens GRAVEST CONSEQUENCES if US acts in Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry warned against any military action due to “fabricated excuses”.

They issued a statement saying: “It is necessary to once again caution that military intervention under false and fabricated pretexts in Syria, where the Russian servicemen stay at the request of the legitimate government, is absolutely unacceptable and may trigger the gravest consequences.”

Rescue workers have reported that dozens of people have died in a chemical assault in a rebel stronghold area.

According to the White Helmets, which is a civil defence group, more than 40 people suffocated to death due to exposure to an unknown chemical agent.

The Syrian National Coalition have said that fatalities could exceed 100 people.

The US state department said: “Reports from a number of contacts and medical personnel on the ground indicate a potentially high number of casualties, including among families hiding in shelters.

“These reports, if confirmed, are horrifying and demand and immediate response by the international community.”

The EU has also called for an international response claiming that the evidence points to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against a besieged rebel-held town in Syria.

The EU demanded the UN Security Council re-establishes its checks to identify the perpetrates of chemical attacks.

The Syrian state denied government forces had launched any chemical attack in Douma.

The US launched a missile strike on a Syrian air base last year in response to a gas attack in northwestern Syria.

Duma is located close to Damascus and is still in rebel hands.

Speaking after the attack, Pope Francis said: “Nothing, but nothing, can justify the use of such instruments of extermination on defenseless people and populations.”

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