U.S. to Impose Sanctions on Russia Following Syrian Chemical Attack

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US ambassador to the United Nations discusses USA -led strikes on the Assad regime in retaliation for suspected chemical weapons attack, future of US policy toward Syria, Russia and Iran.

Following the USA -led strikes, however, "we consider it possible to return to examination of this issue not only in regard to Syria but to other countries as well", Rudskoi said. -Russian collisions or confrontations in Syrian airspace.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain must "take every possible precaution" against any potential Russian counter-measures and acknowledged that recent relations between Moscow and London had "not been good".

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime was suspected of orchestrating a chlorine attack, which occurred on April 7. Not for decades, they said, had the United States and Russian Federation come so close to a direct military clash.

Reacting to the joint attack on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday slammed the USA and its allies for carrying out a military strike on Syria, saying that Washington was "increasingly exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria" as he called for an immediate UN Security Council meeting to discuss the "aggressive action".

The United States is preparing new sanctions on Russian Federation over its continued support of Syrian President Bashar-al Assad, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Sunday.

Russian Federation said it had "irrefutable" evidence that the deadly Syria chemical weapons attack that has prompted the USA to consider airstrikes was fabricated.

The US says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

Hundreds of Syrians demonstrated in a landmark square of the Syrian Capital, waving victory signs and honking their auto horns in a show of defiance.

The bombings marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and ally Russian Federation.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said an attack on Syria by the United States, France and Britain was a crime and would not achieve any gains.

Russian Federation has questioned the rationale for USA air strikes on Syria, which have lit up the Damascus sky. He described the USA airstrike as the latest in two decades of American-led interventions that, in the Kremlin's telling, have unwound the global order. The Russian argument - it's really focused on the timing of these attacks, just as this worldwide team of the OPCW, as the previous segment noted, is on the ground investigating these charges of chemical weapons used.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the USA military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would spark retaliation from Damascus and its allies and inflame the region.

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Common Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Employees, advised reporters at a Pentagon briefing: "Necessary infrastructure was destroyed which is able to lead to a setback for the Syrian regime".

Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news that he had convinced Trump to focus on the chemical weapons sites.

He urged fellow Russians to stand united behind Putin in showing Russia would stand up for independent countries.

When pressed, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted.

"And so, I think everyone is going to feel it at this point".

One of the sites struck on Saturday, the Barzeh research and development center, has always been known to American intelligence officials and to global inspectors, according to a senior intelligence official. "It does not exist anymore".

Putin, in a phone call Sunday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, described the USA strike as a violation of worldwide law. He said the strikes were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce or launch new attacks. The mechanism would look at cases where the OPCW fact-finding mission has established chemical weapons were used or likely used.

"Not a single one of the cruise missiles entered the zone of Russian air-defence systems", the Ministry of Defence said. It would seem that French, UK, and USA aircraft launched their ordinance from outside the range of Syrian air defenses, so any intercepts would have involved missiles, rather than US allied aircraft.

The statements were significant because the head of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, had previously said the Russian military would respond to US airstrikes that put Russian lives at risk by shooting down the missiles and potentially the ships or planes that fired them. U.S., British and French attack aircraft, including two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers, launched stealthy, long-range missiles from outside Syrian airspace, officials said.

It seeks answers from Syria on gaps in its chemical weapons declaration to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has kept tight state control over much of the media under his rule.

The allies fired missiles early on Saturday at three chemical weapons facilities in Syria to punish the regime for the alleged attack on the town of Douma.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking Saturday about the aftermath of the airstrikes, tied Russia's support of Assad to what she described as a destructive pattern by Putin.