"No, we did not break off ties. The contacts with France are very intense: the presidents, the foreign ministries and their heads, are in contact," Artem Studennikov, the minister-counselor at the Russian Embassy in France, told France Info.
Studennikov did, however, note that the situation with the United States was more complicated, but that a dialogue was ongoing.
"Trump's Twitter-diplomacy is not out business… How can we react? Our military services are in contact, we always have channels of communications," Studennikov told the broadcaster.
The same day, the French president stated that he would make a decision on whether or not to strike Syria 'when the time comes', adding that he would make a final decision on whether to airstrike Syria after the necessary verifications were carried out.
The Syrian government has refuted all these claims, reiterating the fact that it had destroyed all its chemical weapons stockpiles several years ago under the supervision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Damascus has also pointed to reports from the Red Crescent, which confirmed it hadn't received any reports of such an incident and the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, which sent specialists to ground immediately after the alleged chemical attack. The Center verified that the soil analysis on the site hasn't shown any sign of nerve agents and chlorine-containing poisonous substances.
Both Damascus and Moscow have called for a thorough investigation into the alleged attack before drawing any conclusions.