The Kremlin does not seriously consider news by the American media regarding possible strikes by the US military on Russian facilities in Syria, said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, as cited by RIA Novosti .
“We no longer seriously consider media reports, because they have completely discredited [themselves]. We pay attention to official statements,” Peskov said.
Earlier, on September 10th, the Wall Street Journal reported that the White House is considering possible military response if the forces of President Bashar Assad “start a massacre in Idlib.” Sources for the publication added that Donald Trump is considering the possibility of strikes against Russian and Iranian facilities in Syria.
“The Pentagon is developing possible military responses, but Trump has not yet decided what exactly will cause a military response or whether the US will target Russian or Iranian armed forces, helping Assad in Syria,” said the publication citing a high-ranking American official.
Sources also told the publication that, according to US intelligence, Bashar Assad allowed his military to use chemical weapons, in particular, chlorine, to rid the Idlib province of opposition fighters. Another source said that the White House is also developing non-military options. “We did not confirm that the US would respond with military action,” said a representative of the administration who asked to stay anonymous.