Russian companies to feel severe effect of USA sanctions, says Fitch

Russian lawmaker U.S. strikes on Syria violate international law

Russian companies to feel severe effect of USA sanctions, says Fitch

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Friday, April 13, 2018, in Washington, about the United States' military response to Syria's chemical weapon attack on April 7.

A pre-designed scenario is being implemented.

The Syrian foreign ministry said the US-led strikes would only "lead to inflaming tensions in the world" and threaten worldwide security.

The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over the Middle East on Friday but there was no clear sign that a US-led attack was imminent.

Senior lawmakers in the State Duma, which is dominated by Kremlin loyalists, said they had prepared the list ranging from food and alcohol to medicine and consulting services in response to Washington's move last week.

"Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible", he added.

Russian Federation has "indisputable" data that the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma was staged by "foreign agents", Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he had proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was behind chlorine attacks in recent days.

This image released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

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He added: "Insulting the president of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

Trump said that the objective of the response "is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons", Trump said. "Right now we have no additional strikes planned", he said.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria, saying any such "adventures" in Syria would increase flows of refugees into Europe.

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", said Moscow's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia on Thursday.

The Russian military said Saturday that Syria's Soviet-made air defense systems downed 71 out of 103 cruise missiles launched by the United States and its allies, according to The Associated Press.

A day before a team from the global chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Ali Mayhoub said that the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh near Damascus was hit, while three people were injured in Homs when a missile was targeted. US officials had earlier said that Trump had pressed for a more aggressive USA strike against Syria than his military chiefs had recommended.

Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has sent troops to bolster his forces.

US officials have refused to rule out direct military engagement with Russian Federation, with the White House saying "all options are on the table".

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