UN Security Council to gather at Russia's request on Friday

James Mattis listens as President Donald Trump speaks during the Baltic Summit at the White House in Washington

The United States claimed on Friday (Apr 13) to have proof that the Syrian regime carried out a chemical massacre that has set western powers on a collision course with Russia, as President Donald Trump readied his response.

While next moves for the administration's counter response are still under consderation, the president has called off his weekend plans of heading to the Summit of the Americas and instead will be staying in the U.S.to focus on a Syria response.

Mr Nebenzia told reporters after a closed council meeting on chemical weapons in Syria that Russia was calling for the emergency meeting to hear from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the threat to international peace and security from possible military action against Syria.

Donald Trump's launching of 59 Tomahawk missiles last year was seen by the Syrian regime for what it was - a token, a piece of political theatre to demonstrate to his audience and perhaps the rest of the world that he is not his predecessor.

To be sure, having boots on the ground in Syria has no bearing on the ability of U.S. air and naval assets to deliver their firepower. Residents of Damascus came there to rally and march, away from the heavy security in the capital.

Macron insisted Tuesday that any attack would target the Syrian regime's chemical capabilities, not Russian and Iranian forces. She told her senior ministers on Thursday the Douma events showed a "deeply concerning" erosion of international legal norms barring the use of chemical weapons.

"First of all, we are committed to ending that war through the Geneva process and the UN-orchestrated effort".

The International Energy Agency (IEA), which coordinates the energy policies of industrialized nations, signaled on Friday that markets could become too tight if supply remains restrained.

"We are interested in meeting experts there to carry out necessary tests".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Assad for killing "innocent kids in the Douma chemical attack".

A member of the Army of Islam, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Samer, said the alleged chemical gas attack was the final blow that settled the group's fate.

It is not the chemical aspect of the weapon in itself that makes it more objectionable, it is the suffering.

"Following a discussion in which every member present made a contribution, Cabinet agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged", the spokesperson added.

He said the US is considering a response, including military attacks.

He also noted that the United States had not made any decision to launch military action in Syria.

The UN Security Council will gather at Russia's request on Friday to discuss the situation in Syria, Russia's permanent mission to the UN said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Syrian President Bashar Assad, 2nd right, meet with military personnel at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria, on Monday, December 11, 2017.

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However, in an increasingly complex conflict involving many foreign players, "Western strikes also risk playing into a regional war that is centred on Iran", warned Julien Barnes-Dacey from the European Council on Foreign Relations in London.

Asked if he was referring to war between the US and Russia, he said: "We cannot exclude any possibilities unfortunately".

"When you have a coalition like this, it means they're all in agreement and they're willing to use their forces". He asks: "What do they want from us?"

His neighbor Hussam, who formerly worked for Mercedes-Benz in Syria, assumes that the U.S. Armed Forces "could bomb telecommunications, Syrian television, the presidential palace, ministries, bridges and military installations" in and around Damascus.

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