Апреля 24, 2018

European Union cool to United States plan for new Russian Federation sanctions over Syria

17 Апреля 2018, 04:13 | Taylor George

Russian warns of 'consequences' after US-led strikes on Syria

Russia Slams U.S.-led Strikes on Syria Says Country Had'Chance for Peaceful Future

Trump has opposed many punitive measures against Russia as he would prefer a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He spoke as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) watchdog held an urgent meeting.

Two US officials said attacks could continue beyond tonight, with a senior administration official saying "this isn't over".

But in a later press conference, Defense Secretary James Mattis called the strikes "a one-time shot", although he suggested that if the regime uses chemical weapons again that could provoke another Allied assault.

"Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said.

What else did Mr Lavrov say?

The UK, US and French joint airstrikes come as retaliation to the chemical warfare atrocity in opposition to civilians on April 7. The U.S., he said, didn't want to oust Assad because he was a dictator - most U.S. allies in the region are led by dictators.

Mr Lavrov also questioned why the United States and its allies had carried out air strikes the day before global inspectors were due to arrive at the site.

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after US, French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defences.

A day before a team from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj.

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"The desire for a meeting still stands, as the president believes a better relationship with Russian Federation is in our mutual interest".

What else is happening today?

"Before we took action, the United States communicated with the Russian Federation to reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties", the USA ambassador in Moscow, Jon Huntsman Jr., said in a video message to Russians posted on social media Saturday.

In addition, the summit is the first to take place since US President Donald Trump announced his plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a decision roundly criticized by Arab states and their inhabitants.

The US has some 2,000 troops in eastern Syria, mainly supporting the fight against the Islamic State group.

"Americans need to understand that the wars of the future will look more like this: Russian Federation is investing significant resources to create propaganda and disinformation", said Senator Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, after Russian Federation claimed that nearly all the missiles fired into Syria were shot down-an assertion the United States denied.

As Trump embarked on a White House address to announce the action - taken in defiance of Russia´s threat to respond - explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus, signalling a new chapter in a brutal seven-year-old civil war.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce blamed Russian Federation for repeatedly vetoing resolutions on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said the United Kingdom took military action "to save lives", on the legal basis of "humanitarian intervention". The Syrians used Soviet-made S-120, S-200 and Buk-type anti-aircraft systems, claiming to have intercepted all the missiles.

In a separate interview with the BBC, the foreign secretary said Britain and its allies "would study what the options were" should there be another chemical attack by Assad. More than 100 precision missiles targeted a scientific research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs and a storage facility and command post near Homs.

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