USA to impose sanctions on Russian Federation in wake of Syrian chemical attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2018,
Apr 17, 2018, 21:57
"We are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies".
Smoke rises from the damage of the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar al Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Barzeh, near Damascus, Syria, Saturday, April 14, 2018. "Better than a military strike would be serious discussions between the USA and Russian Federation on ending the conflict". He described the US airstrike as the latest in two decades of American-led interventions that, in the Kremlin's telling, have unwound the worldwide order.
The Kremlin took no military action in 2017 when the US conducted similar airstrikes on a Syrian airbase... but Russian observers say that could easily change.
President Assad denies he has used chemical weapons and claims there was no evidence to trigger the recent missile attacks. UK Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump agreed on the need to deter chemical weapon use in Syria.
Haley also said the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria before three goals have been accomplished: defeating Islamic State militants, ensuring chemical weapons will not be used and maintaining the ability to watch Iran.
But he added that Russian Federation and the West were facing a situation worse than during the Cold War due to a lack of channels of communication between the two sides.
"The US - the possessor of the largest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no ethical proper in charge different nations".
The US ambassador to United Nations added that Russian Federation was feeling the effects of US actions including "the sanctions that are continuing to happen, which you'll see again on Monday". "The capital of a sovereign government, trying for years to survive under terrorist aggression, has been attacked", foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook. He also called for a "war powers act" that would force the British government to seek parliamentary approval for future military action.
The US and France said they had proof it took place and, alongside the United Kingdom, were considering military retaliation.
IMAGE: A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria.
The Swedish delegation cited a briefing from the director-general that said Syria and Russian Federation were concerned that security on the ground could not be guaranteed.
"We will critically look at the proposals of the Western troika".
Konashenkov released statements by medics from Douma's hospital, who said a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons, dousing them with water and causing panic.
Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, told Lebanese daily al-Joumhouria: "The conditions do not point to a total war happening.unless Trump and (Israeli leader Benjamin) Netanyahu completely lose their minds". The White House said he would consult further with allies.
"I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said. Russia, negotiating primarily with Iran and Turkey, remains keen to forge a political settlement in Syria that would cement a long-term foothold for Moscow in the Middle East.
Nasrallah also slammed the United States president calling him "unstable".
He spoke as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) watchdog held an urgent meeting.
In an interview for BBC's Hardtalk, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: "I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site".