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  • US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (not in picture) give a press statement prior to a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on June 28, 2017. (AFP Photo/Christof Stache)

    BRUSSELS, Belgium — US President Donald Trump’s warning to the Syrian government not to carry out a chemical weapons attack appears to have worked, American Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

    “It appears that they took the warning seriously,” Mattis said, referring to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned Monday night that if “Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

  • Russian President Putin (Photo: Reuters)

    Moscow says White House assertions the Assad regime was preparing a chemical weapons attack is 'unacceptable'; 'I am not aware of any information about a threat that chemical weapons can be used,' Kremlin spokesman adds.

    Russia denounced a US warning to the Syrian leadership that it will pay a heavy price for any chemical weapons attack, and dismissed White House assertions that 

  • Yuli Edelstein. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

    Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein's visit to Moscow will involve discussions aiming to reach agreements on security matters, he said Tuesday, at the start of a meeting with Valentina Matviyenko, his counterpart in the Federation Council. 

    Edelstein praised the cooperation between the two parliaments' defense committees, but pointed out that there are points of disagreement.

    "Our Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees will have to discuss how to close the gaps," he stated.

    The Knesset Speaker's comments come at a time of increased spillover into Israel of fire from the war in Syria. Israel responded by attacking targets connected to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Russian troops have been fighting in the war on Assad's side since 2015.

  • US President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 23, 2017. (AFP/Mandel NGAN)

    WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump on Monday demanded an apology over the Russia investigation rocking his presidency, as he kept up a days-long attack on Barack Obama for his handling of intelligence about election meddling by Moscow.

    In a storm of morning tweets, Trump charged that his predecessor “colluded and obstructed” by failing to act after the CIA informed him Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help defeat Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the November vote.

    “The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling,” Trump wrote. “With 4 months looking at Russia under a magnifying glass, they have zero ‘tapes’ of T [Trump] people colluding. There is no collusion; no obstruction. I should be given apology!”

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