Syria calls U.S. threats to attack it 'reckless'

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"Whenever we propose anything meaningful on Syria, Russia vetoes it".

As reported by the BBC, Russia claims that it has already sent its own experts to the scene of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, and they found no trace of chemical weapons.

Washington put forward a draft resolution Monday following alleged toxic gas use in the rebel-held town of Douma that killed at least 40 people and prompted President Donald Trump to indicate that a decision could be taken imminently on United States military action.

Alexey Malashenko, a specialist in the Syria conflict, said Washington and Moscow were more likely to remain engaged in a war of words.

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley shakes hands with the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia during a UN Security Council meeting.

Ms Bishop said Australia would support action by the U.S. that was "targeted, calibrated and proportionate".

If confirmed, the use of such weapons would be a violation of global law, Guterres said in a statement. Haley went on to describe the photos and videos of the dead which she said showed the hallmarks of yet another chemical attack on civilians.

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Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia said the chemical incident in Douma was staged, warning that a possible retaliatory USA military action could have "grave repercussions". If Russia, China, France, the United States, or the United Kingdom votes against a draft resolution, the measure is defeated without question.

Moscow said it warned the United States of "grave repercussions" if it carried out an attack against Syrian government forces.

Asked at a cabinet meeting earlier on Monday if Russian President Vladimir Putin bore any responsibility for the attack, Trump said: "He may, yeah, he may".

The suspected chemical weapons attack late on Saturday injured more than 1,000 people at several sites in Douma, a town near the capital Damascus, according to the Union of Medical Care Organizations.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Washington's decision to put forward its resolution could be a prelude to a Western strike on Syria.

Haley also said Russian Federation was to blame for blocking a United Nations resolution pushing for a cease-fire in Syria's bloody civil war, as well as a mechanism to investigate chemical weapons attacks. Mr. Trump has said publicly that sharing military plans could give enemies information they could use to their advantage.

Meanwhile, Europe's airspace authorities warned aircraft to be careful over the coming days when flying close to Syria because of possible military action against President Bashar Assad's forces.