Germany says it has to assume Russian Federation behind recent cyber attack

Erika Holt
April 16, 2018

"However that I presume we think it is astonishing, as do most folks, a nation which helped assemble the chemical weapons convention along with the worldwide non-proliferation regime, " which Russian Federation can now be clearly one of these rogue states which are looking to undo it", the ambassador explained.

The U.S., United Kingdom and France said they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad's government.

"The US mission has not changed - the president has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical-weapons use", Haley said.

The Russian measure would have condemned the "aggression" against Syria and demanded that the three allies refrain from any further strike.

In the wake of last week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the United States will soon move to impose more sanctions on Russian Federation.

Addressing told the council, Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey.

Haley has criticized Russian Federation for supporting Assad's regime and for blocking worldwide efforts to investigate Syria's suspected chemical weapons use.

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President Donald Trump's administration has placed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, including penalties last month targeting Russian oligarchs who are close to President Vladimir Putin.

Frank Benzimra, head of global markets for Asia Pacific at Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking, said stocks would plunge only in case of new strikes by Western powers.

A Kremlin statement said Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the multi-sided, seven-year conflict that has killed at least half a million people.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

The Sunday Times also said that British spy officials had been preparing for Russia-backed hackers to release embarrassing information on politicians and other high-profile people since the attack on the Skripals. Moscow has also tempered its tone, saying only that "there will be consequences".

Syria and Russian Federation deny chemical weapons were used in the final offensive that captured Douma, a rebel-held territory east of Damascus.

The military said there were three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area; a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs; and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target.

"Saying that it has been a success, we won't know until we see whether the regime continues to use chemical weapons", King said on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.

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