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"Get ready, Russia." Trump warns of military action in Syria

Trump tweeted, referring to Moscow's alliance with Assad.

The attack in Douma happened late on Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce with the Army of Islam rebel group. Last year, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles targeted Syrian warplanes suspected of carrying out the chemical assault.

Worldwide airlines said on Wednesday they were modifying their flight plans after a warning from Europe's air safety watchdog about potential military strikes on Syria in the coming days. Speaking on KMA's "Morning Line" program Wednesday morning, Young says the US needs a "swift, measured, strong response" to Syria. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Facebook that "smart" missiles would destroy any evidence of a chemical weapons attack.

After he warned Russian Federation what it would be up against in Syria, Trump lamented that relations between the two countries were worse than during the Cold War, a decades-long geopolitical and ideological rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union when both were armed for, and prepared for, nuclear war.

After Trump's series of tweets Wednesday morning, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said, "We don't participate in Twitter diplomacy".

For days, Trump has been warning Syria and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, over the suspected gas attack.

The OPCW does not have a mandate to establish who is responsible for attacks, and the joint OPCW-UN taskforce that once did was shut down by Russian Federation previous year after it blamed the Syria regime.

On the less dramatic end of the scale would be a strike similar to last year's USA missile attack that targeted an air base in central Syria, possibly on a larger scope, but largely amounting to a slap on the wrist.

Syria's Foreign Ministry said it was not surprised by the US' "reckless escalation" via Trump's tweets, the state-run news agency SANA reported, while Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a Facebook post that "smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not the legal government that has been fighting global terrorism for several years on its territory".

In 2013, Parliament defeated a call by then-Prime Minister David Cameron for air strikes in response to an earlier chemical attack in Syria.

"All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible", she told reporters on Wednesday.

One way to ensure Assad can not use such weapons is to conduct strikes on his chemical infrastructure, including by targeting factories and weapons holding areas.

In 2017, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a sarin attack the United Nations later pinned on Assad.

A strike against Syria will likely come in the form of missiles, as was the case past year.

But he notably also said there was "no reason for this", reiterated his hope for talks with Putin to halt a new arms race, and blamed his domestic political opponents for poisoning ties.

French president Emmanuel Macron called for a strong, joint response to the alleged chemical attack. USA officials have been consulting with France, Britain and other allies on a possible joint military operation, but the timing remained in doubt Wednesday.

An even more threatening situation may evolve if the USA and its allies use manned aircraft, and the Russian strike results in casualties.

During his 2016 campaign, Trump regularly attacked Obama for previewing US military strategy, which he argued gave the enemy an advantage by allowing it to fortify itself for the coming attack.

While the agenda of the meeting has not been made public, reports suggest May is going to seek approval for military action in Syria. The administration said that Trump would "oversee the American response to Syria".

But the strike was limited and created to not draw America into the chaos of Syria's bloody civil war. He warned that Russian Federation and the USA will quickly find themselves in a major conflict if they allow a collision in Syria to happen.