Russia Wants UN Chief At Meeting On US Threats

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"The danger of escalation is higher than simply Syria, because our militaries are there".

With punitive U.S. military action seemingly imminent, Russian Federation scrambled to deflect blame from Syria's Bashar al-Assad and, according to a monitor group, regime forces evacuated key defense buildings in Damascus. Asked if the United States had proof of that, she said, "Yes". A number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, stated that chemical weapons were used in the Eastern Ghouta area on April 7.

Citing US estimates that Assad has used chemical weapons "at least 50 times" in the seven-year war, Haley said: "All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalize the use of chemical weapons".

"Today, I called the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the Security Council to reiterate my deep concern about the risks of the current impasse and stressed the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control", he said, referring to the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain.

According to a statement of the French presidency, Macron calls for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

He said any US military action against Syria would be a violation of global law.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has urged calm and efforts to restitute peace in Syria during separate calls this week with U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

"It seems that with the latest developments, the atmosphere has eased somewhat", Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul. Erdogan did not elaborate.

The Council rejected a third text - also proposed by Russian Federation - which concerned the work of the fact-finding mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997.

Guterres said that the Security Council's main responsibility is to keep global peace and security.

On Thursday, the cabinet of British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed action needs to be taken against the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

But France's United Nations ambassador Francois Delattre told the council that in choosing once again to use banned chemical weapons against civilians, Assad's regime had "reached a point of no-return".

Yildirim on Friday again condemned the "heinous" the attack in Douma and said the perpetrators should "pay a price". The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

The United States has proof that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime launched a chemical weapons strike last weekend on the then rebel-held suburb of Douma, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Friday.

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