Bolivia has asked for the United Nations Security Council to meet on Thursday "on the escalation of rhetoric regarding Syria and these threats of unilateral military action", hours after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of missile attacks.
Bolivia, one of 10 non-permanent council members and a strong supporter of Russian Federation, requested the meeting to address "the recent escalation of rhetoric regarding Syria and the threat of the use of unilateral actions", according to the request sent Wednesday and seen by AFP.
At the same time, the United States must "hold Russian Federation accountable for Assad's murderous actions against his own people", said Coons, referring to last weekend's suspected chemical attacks on rebels in a Damascus suburb, where dozens, including women and children, died.
Trump later suggested the "bad blood" between Washington and Moscow has been caused by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller's ongoing federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
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Alexander Zasypkin, to Hezbollah's al-Manar TV Tuesday that "if there is a strike by the Americans then. the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired". "We don't want bombardment which leads to escalation and a hot war between the USA and Russian Federation over the skies of Syria".
Syrian pro-government forces have been evacuated from main airports and military air bases in anticipation of a U.S. missile strike, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The WHO says it has received reports from its partners on the ground that dozens of people have died and an estimated 500 people are showing symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. The Syrian government has denied the accusations.
Western leaders, including the U.S., France, and the United Kingdom, are coordinating on how to respond to the attack.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry, responded to Trump's tweet Wednesday, saying any missiles launched in retaliation should target terrorists, not the Syrian government. "If the red line has been crossed, there will be a response", French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on radio channel Europe 1.