U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier that he had ordered precision strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons capabilities after a poison gas attack that killed at least 60 people last week.
"We can not tolerate the recurring use of chemical weapons, which is an immediate danger for the Syrian people and our collective security", a statement from the Elysee presidential office said.
Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said the president had not yet made a final decision, two days after he tweeted that Russian Federation should "get ready" because a missile attack "will be coming" at Moscow's chief Middle East ally.
"We can not exclude any possibilities, unfortunately", Mr Nebenzia told reporters after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY.
Trump's statement on USA policy toward Syria came after days of speculation that the US would launch a strike against Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical weapons attack last weekend that killed scores of civilians.
"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime", Trump said, adding that they were the "crimes of a monster".
The presence of Russian troops and air defenses in Syria were among numerous complications weighing on Trump, who must also consider the dangers to roughly 2,000 American troops in the country if Russia were to retaliate for US strikes. "We're looking very, very seriously, very closely at the whole situation", he told reporters.
Trump warned on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to the Douma incident. Russian Federation and Syria blamed Israel for the strikes.
Syrian television said the attacks targeted a scientific research center in Barzeh, near Damascus, and an army depot near Homs.
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"God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria along the lines of the Libyan and Iraqi experience", Lavrov told a news conference, referring to past Western military interventions elsewhere in the region.
"We know that there are only certain countries like Syria that have delivery mechanisms and have those types of weapons".
The strategic risk is more political; to prove to President Assad that he can still be hurt even under Russian protection and that... The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad.
During his meeting with Trump and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford, Mattis pushed for more evidence of the Assad regime's culpability for the attack, to bolster the case for air strikes, The New York Times reported.
Trump said the operation would be conducted in cooperation with the militaries of France and Britain.
But the president also made clear that the US actions has limits and that the USA commitment to acting in the Middle East won't last forever.
The British, the statement said, will keep working with the United States and France to determine an worldwide response.
At the House hearing, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, disputed Trump's legal authority to act without congressional authority and suggested a US strike would lead to war with Russian Federation. A US guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.
"The United States responded with 58 missile strikes that destroyed 20 percent of the Syrian Air Force".