USA to slap fresh sanctions on Russian Federation

Jeannie Matthews
April 16, 2018

"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", he said.

She told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by Russian Federation that should the US and its allies decide to act in Syria it will be to defend "a bedrock global norm that benefits all nations" - the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

According to a statement by the French presidency, Mr Macron called for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

"Did a chemical weapons attack happen?"

Trump had also said last week that Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in Douma because of his support for the Syrian government.

Russian Federation has condemned US, UK and French strikes against targets in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons as the Western allies argued they were essential to deter the future use of illegal munitions.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov upped the diplomatic ante earlier in the day Friday when he called the allegations of a Syrian chemical attack a "fabrication" by British intelligence. "I assure you that militarily Russian Federation is much stronger than the United States and all its satellites, but we are also much more responsible", Azimov said.

Russia, which has military forces deployed in Syria in support of the government, warned that U.S. air strikes risked starting a war.

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Russian Federation intervened to back Assad with airstrikes in 2015 and has used its diplomatic weight to protect the regime. Maas also said since the issue in Syria can not be resolved without Russian Federation , they have not cut off contact.

Meanwhile, in a self-crediting gesture, US President Donald Trump tweeted, "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

A senior French official noted that President Emmanuel Macron did not tell Putin about the strikes when they spoke on the phone Friday, but "certain de-confliction mechanisms" had already been triggered by that point, and "both knew that a new phase was going to begin quickly".

He called the alleged chemical attack in Douma a scripted play.

The Turkish leader also said he sent video recordings concerning the "painful and disastrous scenes" in eastern Ghouta and Douma to Putin through an envoy of the Russian leader.

"The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances is illegal and utterly reprehensible", Mr Turnbull said. When Syrian President Bashar al Assad's regime used sarin gas in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in 2017, Russian officials then also accused the White Helmets of making up the attack, asking them how the first responders remained alive without gas masks while they reported the attack.

What has Trump said about the attack?

After the actual attack, U.N. Ambassador Nebenzia denied Russian Federation had any role in it and said the incident was only beneficial for the rebels.

Looking ahead, Delattre said France, Britain, and the United States will soon be presenting the Security Council with a new draft resolution aimed at achieving a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict that addresses political, chemical and humanitarian issues.

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