"France will not allow any escalation that could harm the stability of the region as a whole but we can't let regimes that think they can do everything they want, including the worst things that violate international law, to act", Macron said.
Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin, meanwhile, told Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV station that any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down.
Russia, the Syrian government's most important ally in its seven-year-old war with rebels, said it had deployed military police in Douma on Thursday after the town was taken over by government forces. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together.
Already, there were indications that Mr. Assad was moving key aircraft to a Russian base near Latakia, a port city on the Mediterranean Sea, and taking pains to secure important weapons systems.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev says that Russia and the United States are on the verge of a confrontation. On Thursday, Trump tweeted that an attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all!"
Britain's Ministry of Defense refused to comment on reports that Royal Navy submarines armed with cruise missiles have been dispatched to within range of Syria.
Efforts to find a diplomatic solution at the UN Security Council on Tuesday failed, with Washington and Moscow opposing each other's rival motions to set up an international investigation into chemical weapons use.
The World Health Organisation on Wednesday demanded "immediate" access to the victims of the alleged chemical attack.
A spokeswoman for the country's ministry of foreign affairs suggested that any US strike could be an attempt to destroy evidence of the chemical attack.
"If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him", Trump tweeted. The Assad regime has fought for years to take the area back, and an intensified push began a few months ago. The organization said it will "soon" send a fact-finding team to Syria.
Several similar attacks followed until the United States launched a limited air strike on a Syrian airbase as a punitive measure against using the chemical weapons again. The Syrian regime enjoyed the robust military support of Russia and its own vaunted air force.
As it looked to head off the threat of Western strikes, Syria said it had invited the OPCW to visit the site of the alleged attack in Douma, a town in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta that is on the verge of falling to the regime after a long and bloody siege.
The Syrian pound lost nearly 10 percent of its value on prospects of an American attack, going from about 430 Syrian pounds to the dollar last week to 469 Wednesday.
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