Strikes hit Syria as country had 'chance for peaceful future': Moscow

Syria chemical attack 'staged' with help of foreign secret service: Russia

Russia claims alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK

But while Russia's top man in London might share the same police guards, "no photo" signs and manicured gardens as his European compatriots, that is where the similarities end.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War", Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

US security officials immediately called for global action to intervene in the situation after the chemical attack Saturday, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I'd only rejoin Pacific trade pact if deal was "substantially better" GOP unveils mock cover of Comey book with "ego" attack NY Daily News cover hits Trump over Comey book revelations MORE has threatened a possible military strike against the government forces.

"Russia strongly condemns the attack on Syria where Russian servicemen are helping the legitimate Government in the war on terrorism", the Kremlin press office quoted Putin as saying. He said that the strikes would continue until "the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

The call for action comes after a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, which killed dozens of people, according to opposition activists, rescue workers and medics.

At the United Nations meanwhile, diplomats were mulling a draft resolution put forward by Sweden and obtained by AFP, that would dispatch a "high-level disarmament mission" to rid the country of chemical weapons "once and for all". The ministry also pointed at previous use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

Nebenzia said the situation was "very dangerous" and they "cannot exclude any possibilities".

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The OPCW's report confirmed British findings that the Skripals were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent, but didn't say who was responsible.

The comments illustrate just how polarised Russian and Western world views have become in a seemingly intractable conflict mired in accusations of misinformation and fake news.

"With regard to the Russian concerns, we specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved", Dunford said. "We can not be sure that Yulia's refusal to see us is genuine".

Yulia Skripal, 33, was released from the hospital this week.

Last month, Britain blamed Russian Federation for a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, accusations Russian Federation has vehemently denied.

On Friday, UK National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg the UK believes Russian intelligence services were monitoring the Skripals for at least five years before the March 4 poisoning took place. There is a heightened "danger of escalation" because of the Russian military presence in Syria, Nebenzia said after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in NY.

"We are confident that we have crippled Syria's chemical weapons programme".

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