Trump sends Putin a message in Syria but remains conflicted over Russian Federation

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When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces launched a chemical weapons attack against civilian targets previous year, Trump was horrified by the deaths of "beautiful little babies" and quickly ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield, although he listened to top military advisers and chose to minimize Russian and other casualties.

President Trump has expressed outrage over the deadly assault in the suburb, Douma, and threatened a military response. As he spoke, explosions rocked Damascus.

Slovenia's Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said in a statement to the official STA news agency that "due to the Syria crisis", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian cancelled his planned visit to Slovenia on Friday and Saturday.

Trump ordered the USA military to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield in April 2017, but it did not stop Assad's use of chemical weapons.

Russian Federation has supported the Syrian government politically and militarily since the start of the nation's seven-year-old civil war started.

On Thursday President Donald Trump said that an attack on Syria could take place "very soon or not so soon at all", arguing he had never signaled the timing of retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack that he had suggested was imminent a day earlier.

Lavrov said Friday Russian experts inspected the site of the alleged attack in the town of Douma and found no trace of chemical weapons. "They are crimes of a monster instead".

The US did not coordinate with Russian Federation or notify the country of strikes Friday night on Syria, where Russian Federation has military bases and soldiers. He says one of the missiles hit the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh near Damascus, damaging a building.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said no additional strikes were planned unless Assad again uses chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, on Friday Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said his group, Syria, Iran and Russian Federation are not scared by Trump's threats.

While Trump tried to lower the tensions in subsequent tweets, Russian Federation took the threats of US missile strikes on the Syrian regime very seriously.

Trump addressed Assad's allies and said, "To Iran and to Russian Federation, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?"

In March, Russia's General Staff said rebels were planning a "provocation" in eastern Ghouta with women and children set to play victims of a chemical attack. She described it as a "limited and targeted strike" aimed at minimizing civilian casualties. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

It was not immediately clear if the draft legislation - which would allow the government to impose the measures should the need arise - would become law in its current form, or if it had the backing of the Kremlin.

The Russian military said it hasn't engaged its air defense assets at its air and naval bases in Syria.

"We continue to observe risky military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state in what would constitute a breach of global law", he said.

"The Russian Federation has asked us to discuss what it calls "unilateral threats" related to Syria", Haley said at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday.

A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said it was understandable that Russian lawmakers wanted to retaliate against the US measures.

The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad´s Syrian regime on Saturday in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks that President Donald Trump branded the "crimes of a monster".