Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

United States to slap fresh sanctions on Russian Federation

United States to slap fresh sanctions on Russian Federation

Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., brief reporters on US air strikes in Syria during a joint press conference at the Pentagon on April. 13, 2018.

In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia supported the strikes, which sent "an unequivocal message to the Assad regime and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated".

White Helmets first-responder volunteer and activists claimed an alleged chemical attack on April 7 by the Syrian government killed over 40 people in the town of Douma, the allegations that drew worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

Earlier this week, a United States attack on Syria looked imminent as Trump warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for missiles, but then on Thursday he appeared to back away, tweeting that an American attack could come "very soon or not so soon at all".

"All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris". The statement said none of the patients had any symptoms of chemical poisoning.

President Donald Trump's administration has made clear it sees Moscow as complicit in the latest suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, but Pentagon planners are taking pains to avoid hitting Russian military assets.

She added: "It's some of the worst piece of fake news we've yet seen from the Russian Federation propaganda machine". He didn't elaborate or name the state.

Last month, the U.S. government expelled 60 Russian diplomats in response to the alleged attempted assassination of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.


Russian Federation and Syria call the attack fabricated.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", he went on.

The Kremlin said on Friday in its readout of the phone call between the two presidents that Putin and Macron agreed to ask their foreign policy chiefs to "keep in close contact" to "de-escalate" the situation in Syria.

By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft - the US, UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland, and Ivory Coast.

Nebenzia also called for the UN Security Council to meet again on Friday to discuss the possibility of Western military action.

'We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world.

"We warned about this long ago", he said.

Western officials believe chlorine was used in Saturday's attack on Douma, the main city in the longtime rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta, where the British government now estimates 75 people were killed. Moscow alleged soon after the suspected April 7 attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fakes. The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops.

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