President Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday to "get ready" for a missile attack on its Syrian ally, but tweeted Thursday that it may come "very soon or not so soon at all!"
The British Prime Minister Theresa May has called emergency meeting of her cabinet amid reports she is ready to give the green light for the United Kingdom to join any military action.
Referring to the allegation of a Russian military official that there was an attack, but it was staged by the White Helmets brigade component of the rebels in Syria, she said the intelligence provided "certainly paints" a different picture, and the President holds Syria and Russia responsible for the chemical weapons attack.
President Donald Trump huddled with top national security advisors Thursday to weigh his military options in Syria, as Moscow warned against any move that risks triggering a conflict between Russian Federation and the United States. She also said that no country should use chemical weapons and go unpunished.
Downing Street said the Prime Minister spoke to the U.S. and French presidents on Tuesday, and said they had agreed to "continue working closely together" to ensure those responsible were "held to account".
Assad and Velayati criticised Western threats to carry out strikes on Syria in response to the alleged use of toxic weapons at the weekend, the presidency said.More news: Gay Rights Lawyer Immolates Self in Ecology Protest
"As the President noted on April 8, the chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime against innocent civilians in Duma, Syria on April 7 was horrifying, and demands an immediate response from the worldwide community", he added.
The UN Security Council, tasked with maintaining global peace and security, has been riven, with Moscow virulently denying the Douma attack took place, or postulating that it was carried out by rebels.
Opposition lawmakers have called on May to give Parliament a vote before committing British troops.
Mr Putin has also talked to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him not to take action to destabilise Syria and threaten its security.
The crisis has evoked memories of the Iraq War, when lawmakers approved joining in the face of strong public opposition.
A YouGov poll in The Times conducted this week found that 43 percent of voters oppose strikes in Syria, with 34 percent unsure and only 22 percent supportive.More news: Man City confirmed as champions after Baggies shock United
Formally, the prime minister has the right to go to war without approval from parliament, but a convention has been established in previous conflicts where MPs have a vote either before or shortly after military action begins.
Twenty-one percent of the respondents said they did not know if it was necessary to hold a parliamentary vote on whether London should engage in the military actions against Syria.
But they backed action in Iraq the following year, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes to Islamic State (IS) group targets.
Asked to comment on possible US strikes, Peskov said "it's necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria". "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!", the President tweeted.
The same officials say Syria has continued to produce or procure chlorine, which also has industrial and agricultural uses.
"What we've got here in Syria is a choice between monsters on the one hand and maniacs on the other", Julian Lewis, the chairman of the House of Commons defence committee, told the BBC.More news: Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication' by foreign power