Russia Denies Tampering With Evidence In Syria Chemical Attack

Russia Denies Tampering With Evidence In Syria Chemical Attack

Syrian state media said the attack also struck a scientific research facility in Damascus, which the Pentagon said was used to develop, produce and test chemical and biological weapons.

USA ambassador to the United Nations says U.S. could announce as early as Monday new sanctions on Moscow for support of Syria's Assad.

The United States imposed sanctions on 24 Russians earlier this month over what American intelligence agencies claim was Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "We convinced him that it was necessary to stay there long-term".

Moscow will study the new United States sanctions that the U.S. permanent representative to the UN Nikki Haley previously stated before deciding how to respond to them and whether this answer will be added to the bill under consideration by the parliament, according to Ryabkov.

The Russian delegation to the OPCW have said that these allegations were groundless and reinforced that Russia has always supported an investigation.

The White House on Sunday did not immediately address Macron's comments, made during a televised debate with two journalists.

The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago.

At least six loud explosions were heard in Damascus in the early hours of Saturday and smoke was seen rising over the Syrian capital, a Reuters witness said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "will be announcing those (today), if he hasn't already", she added.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made this clear on Monday as he arrived at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg, telling reporters: "I'm afraid the Syrian war will go on in its frightful, miserable way". "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it".

France's Macron says he convinced Trump to keep troops in Syria
Macron said in a statement that a target of the strike was the Syrian government's "clandestine chemical arsenal". France's participation in the US-led military operation in Syria sparked fierce debate at home on Saturday.

Haley has been one of the strongest voices accusing Russian Federation of enabling the Syrian government in its use of chemical weapons in the civil war, which is now in its seventh year.

Traders are reassessing their options after the harshest USA sanctions to data sent the ruble tumbling the most since 2015 last week. Moscow has denied any wrongdoing.

Several people familiar with the plan told the paper that Trump was upset with the sanctions rollout, and administration officials said the strategy was "in a holding pattern".

The air strikes, however, risk dragging the United States further into Syria's civil war, particularly if Russia, Iran and Ass opt to retaliate.

The allies could not wait "to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks", according to excerpts of her speech.

A second USA official said targets were being carefully selected with the aim of damaging Assad's ability to conduct further gas attacks, while avoiding the risk of spreading poisonous fallout in civilian areas.

Macron, appearing on television in Paris, suggested that he had played a key role in persuading Trump both to act in Syria and to stabilize the region long-term.

"A perfectly executed strike last night", Trump tweeted on Saturday morning. The "very precise" operation was also carried out without declaring war on the Assad regime or with engendering any collateral damage with regard to the Russians, he said.

However, they made no comment on supporting new sanctions against Russian Federation, instead reaffirming that the use of chemical weapons constituted a breach of worldwide law and warning that, "there can be no impunity and those responsible for such acts must be held accountable".

Western powers have traded threats and accusations with Russian Federation - the main backer of the Syrian regime - since launching missile strikes over the weekend to punish what they said was a chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians. The rebels who had controlled Douma for six years surrendered the day after the alleged incident, which left dozens of apparently uninjured men, women and children dead in an apartment building, with foam coming out of their mouths, according to video footage.

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