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Led Strike on Syria Not to Be Left Without Consequences: Russian Envoy

17 Avril 2018

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said.

The western strikes on Syria are "unacceptable and lawless", according to Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

President Vladimir Putin "severely" condemned the strikes on Syria, adding that Washington was already responsible for the "bloodbath in Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya".

"A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad", the President said.

Haley said the three US goals for accomplishing its mission are making sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, defeating ISIS and having a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing. "But this is also an attack on the status of Russian Federation as an ally of Syria and guarantor of political resolution in the region".

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

US President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington, US, April 13.

But Haley said the administration was determined to make Moscow pay a price for supporting Assad, noting that it had vetoed six United Nations resolutions related to Syria and chemical weapons.

The second was a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs.

Assad is known to have stocks of the nerve agent sarin, and has previously used a mixture of chlorine and sarin in attacks, according to U.S. officials.

"We put facts contrary to your myths", he said. We have to talk to our partners in the USA we have to find those people who will criticize the politics of Trump. So in that sense, they're still opening - they're holding out their hands saying that they're willing to cooperate with Russian Federation if Russia will do the right thing here.

A team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is in Syria to investigate the Douma incident and was expected to visit the town.

Russian historian Sergei Stankevich said any ISIS militants will take advantage of this development to stage chemical attacks, provoke a strike and further destabilize the situation.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley defended the joint operation with France and the United Kingdom, expressing confidence that the airstrikes had "crippled" Syria's chemical weapons programme. The Russian argument - it's really focused on the timing of these attacks, just as this global team of the OPCW, as the previous segment noted, is on the ground investigating these charges of chemical weapons used.

The strikes against Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens in the Damascus suburb of Douma were created to avoid provoking Russian Federation into a response.

Though when prodded about whether or not the offensive would continue, he made it clear that it would if there were any subsequent chemical weapon attacks carried out by Assad's regime.

Although Israel has at times urged stronger United States involvement against Assad and his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements in Syria, it voiced backing for Saturday's air strikes by Western powers.

Western strikes early today hit Syrian military bases and research centres in and around the capital and the country's centre.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

Reuters news agency, citing a French presidency source, said French Mirage and Rafale fighter jets were involved in the strikes on Syria, along with four frigate warships.

Syrian state TV said the attacks were a "blatant violation of worldwide law and shows contempt for global legitimacy". Putin, in his condemnation Saturday of the airstrikes, called for an emergency U.N. Security Council session and described the assault as the latest in two decades of American-led interventions that, in the Kremlin's telling, have unwound the global order.

Led Strike on Syria Not to Be Left Without Consequences: Russian Envoy