"We call upon. members of the worldwide community to seriously consider the possible consequences of such accusations, threats and especially action (against Syria)", Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
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. "If France doesn't react now that the conditions are met, we would lose all credibility", Bruno Tertrais, a political scientist at the Foundation for Strategic Research said.
With increasing concerns about a US-Russia proxy war in Syria, Macron insisted that "France will not allow an escalation or something that could damage the stability" of the region.
"Of course, the chemical attack is what pushed us to agree" to a withdrawal from Douma, said high-ranking Jaish al-Islam member Yasser Dalwan.
Earlier, Russia's United Nations envoy, Vassily Nebenzia cautioned the U.S.to "refrain from the plans that you're now developing", saying Washington would "bear responsibility" for any "illegal military adventure".
Defense Secretary James Mattis revealed last month that Russian mercenaries east of the Euphrates River in Syria pulled back their positions after successful discussions between Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and his Russian counterpart, Gen.
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Tokyo issued a similar response in April past year when the United States conducted a missile strike on a Syrian air base that was the alleged source of a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians.
Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad hold more of Syria and the opposition forces have lost several bitterly contested cities since then, while the Turkish offensive into Afrin has exposed the contradictions in the United States alliance system. Asked if France is planning to participate in retaliatory attacks on Syria, he was noncommittal.
Russia's military has propped up Assad's regime as it wages a multiway war against both the so-called Islamic State and various antigovernment forces.
Russian Federation wants experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to go to Syria as "quickly as possible", with the Kremlin providing help, she added.
Trump threatened on Wednesday to launch a missile attack on Syria in response to the alleged chemical attack by Syrian troops in the rebel-held Douma district on the outskirts of Syrian capital Damascus. "They are a guarantee of the observance of law and order in the town", the defence ministry said in a statement.
Russian ships had left the Tartus naval base in Syria, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian lawmaker as saying.
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Shortly after his tweeted warning to Russia, Trump took a more conciliatory tone in lamenting that the US-Russia relationship "is worse now than it has ever been".
Later on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said his country had proof that the Syrian government launched the gas attacks.
She refused to admit there had been a chemical attack on Douma over the weekend, claiming Russian Federation was "100% sure that that was a clear provocation".
U.S. officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table".
"Germany will not take part in possible - there have not been any decisions yet, I want to stress that - military action", Merkel said following a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in Berlin.
Russian Federation has positioned a state-of-the-art air defense system in Syria, but Winnefeld says that shouldn't prevent US missiles from reaching their target.
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The Syrian government denies responsibility. A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the U.S. in the lead, could send a message of global unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons and counter Syria's political and military support from Russian Federation and Iran.