Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

United States to impose more sanctions on Russian Federation

United States to impose more sanctions on Russian Federation

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7.

Ward called on the 41-member governing body of the OPCW "to condemn the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror and demand worldwide accountability for those responsible for these heinous attacks".

Haley said the three USA goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm America's national interests, defeating ISIS and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

Russian Federation has denied interfering with evidence at the site of a suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack that drew Western military retaliation.

"I can really confirm that the sanctions are to be imposed on Russia without any link to reality", she said on Russian television. "While this is not in reality, it would be odd to talk about it", he said.

"We were not looking for war".

Russian officials at the OPCW said later that arrangements were being made for inspectors to visit Douma on Wednesday.

In response to the recent anti-Russian sanctions, Russian lawmakers have submitted a wide-ranging bill that could suspend crucial exports to the United States, proposing a wide range of restrictions on the import of U.S. goods and services and could impact bilateral cooperation in such high-tech areas as nuclear engineering and space exploration. "Russia and Syria must co-operate".

"The Syrian regime has reportedly been attempting to hide the evidence by searching evacuees from Douma to ensure samples are not being smuggled from this area and a wider operation to hide the facts of the attack is under way, supported by the Russians", she told MPs.

Mr Uzumcu said the OPCW team was in the Syrian capital awaiting access.

America is expected to place sanctions on Russian Federation on Monday in retaliation for Moscow's support of Syria's chemical weapons programme - but White House officials have cautioned that no decision has yet been taken.


Guterres said he has asked Syrian special envoy Staffan de Mistura to come to NY as soon as possible to consult "on the most effective way to accelerate the political process".

U.S. sources said they had obtained blood and urine samples from victims which had tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent.

Mr Polyanskiy, Russia's first deputy permanent representative at the United Nations, said: "If you go to a site which was just bombed I imagine you might have certain logistic problems".

Moscow blamed the delay on the Western air strikes.

According to officials, they have even prepared for a direct cyber-attack on United Kingdom national infrastructure, pointing out that they had "pre-positioned" inside Russian computer networks and would launch a retaliatory attack if the United Kingdom was targeted.

Lavrov also denied the use of chemical weapons in Douma and said the event did not take place.

The nine-strong team from the watchdog, the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), was told by Syrian and Russian officials in Damascus there were still "security issues to be worked out", OPCW chief Ahmet Uzumcu said.

"I can not be impolite with the heads of other states but you quoted the leaders of France and the United Kingdom and USA and, frankly speaking, all the evidence they quoted was based on media reports and social media".

The Prime Minister is expected to face anger in the Commons after launching military action without securing the support of Parliament.

The allies could not wait "to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks", according to excerpts of her speech.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, has questioned the legal basis for Britain's involvement.

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