United States envoy to watchdog: Condemn Syrian 'reign of chemical terror'

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Russian media reports claimed police said the apartment was locked from the inside, indicating no one else had entered or left the property. The Russian argument - it's really focused on the timing of these attacks, just as this worldwide team of the OPCW, as the previous segment noted, is on the ground investigating these charges of chemical weapons used.

In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia supported the strikes, which sent "an unequivocal message to the Assad regime and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated".

Douma was the last rebel holdout in the eastern Ghouta suburbs, the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands.

"The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons dispatched its experts to Syria in order to investigate all the circumstances", Putin said in a statement.

"Ever since the Russian Federation started to show its independent position, ever since the Russian Federation started to show that there is another point of view in the world, that there are countries ready to stand up for countries that fall under the threat of the US, ever since then, the USA has been trying to find justification", he said. This is something they said all along.

His comments at the closed-door meeting were obtained by Reuters.

In Germany, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told public broadcaster ARD that he hopes the air strikes will result in a fresh effort to find a peaceful solution to the seven-year conflict.

He criticized Russia's support of the Syrian regime saying "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path".

The inspectors aim to collect samples, interview witnesses and document evidence to determine whether banned toxic munitions were used, although they are not permitted to assign blame for the attack. "Unfettered access essential. Russian Federation and Syria must cooperate".

In the hours after American missiles rained down on Syria, Russia made clear it had no plans to respond in kind.

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But Moscow blamed the delay on the Western air strikes.

The senior administration official said, "What you've seen tonight is not the end of the U.S. response".

"I call on the authorities for a swift and thorough investigation", he said on Twitter Monday. "This was at the very beginning after this information [of the attack] appeared", Mr Peskov said.

"All (the U.S.) has achieved by arming the mainly jihadist opposition is the increase of Assad's dependence on Iran and Russia", Glass said.

While the US, the United Kingdom and France say their joint airstrikes were justified, the action is being seen quite differently in Russian Federation.

He was clearly upset about the fact that the US and its allies had failed to wait for this assessment by the worldwide inspectors from the OPCW.

He said the airstrikes were launched against several sites that helped provide al-Assad with the ability to create chemical weapons. Speaking from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek told The Associated Press there were perhaps 50 warehouses in Syria that stored chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013.

Members of the 41-seat executive council of the OPCW were due to discuss the alleged use of prohibited toxins in Syria, but were not expected to reach any agreement about a response. The Syrian government has categorically denied the accusation.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has warned of "grave repercussions" for the operation, which it described as an "illegal action".

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