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

US preparing new sanctions on Russia over Syria, Haley says

US preparing new sanctions on Russia over Syria, Haley says

The announcement of new sanctions comes shortly after the US, Britain, and France conducted "precision strikes" in Syria on Friday in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack that reportedly killed dozens, many of them children, in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma. Syria and its ally, Russia, say the attack was fabricated to turn opinion against them.

The UN Security Council on April 14 rejected an effort by Russian Federation, a key ally of Syria, to denounce it as an unjustified "aggression" against a sovereign state. The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the U.S., France and Britain.

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on April 14 and were expected to begin their investigation at the site of the alleged chemical attack on April 15.

Nebenzya accused the United States, Britain, and France of "hooliganism" and of "demonstrating a blatant disregard for worldwide law".

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", she added.

Syrian envoy to the UN Bashar Jaafari claimed that the Douma attack was a "masquerade" mounted by rebels.

Putin and Rouhani spoke by phone to discuss the Syria situation- Reuters picMOSCOW, April 15 - Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani today that further Western missile strikes on Syria would lead to chaos in worldwide relations, Russian news agencies cited the Kremlin as saying.

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Senator Mazie K Hirono said she was deeply concerned by the Trump's incoherent strategy on Syria where there are layers of complexity and no easy answers.

Orders from President Donald Trump to launch airstrikes in Syria is drawing mixed reactions in Chicago.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the missile strike against Syria's military and civilian infrastructures was carried out by USA warplanes and naval ships in cooperation with the British and French air forces between 03:42 and 05:10 Moscow time on Saturday.

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the US has yet to present evidence of what it says led to the allied action: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7 that killed more than 40 people.

Co-organizer Waseem Ramli said he's disappointed that Trudeau is supporting aggression with no evidence the Syrian government used chemical weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and they agreed the Western airstrikes were an "illegal action. adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria", a Kremlin statement said. It was not clear when the visit would occur.

Washington described the strike targets as a centre near Damascus for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons; a chemical weapons storage site near the city of Homs; and another site near Homs that stored chemical weapons equipment and housed a command post.


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