USA to hit Russian Federation with sanctions for aiding Assad

President Donald Trump addresses the nation about the U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria

President Donald Trump addresses the nation about the U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria

Stepping up the pressure on Syria's president, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley indicated the sanctions to be announced today would be aimed at sending a message to Russian Federation, which she said has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

The United States, the United Kingdom, and France conducted air strikes against Syria on April 14 in response to a suspected chemical attack by the Syrian government that killed dozens of people last week. "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons". "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it".

Ryabkov also said Russian Federation would study a U.N. resolution on Syria proposed by the United States, France and Britain, but added that it would be hard to reach a compromise on the issue, TASS reported. The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to 'reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties'. "If earlier they used to say they were punishing us for Ukraine, now the wording has been changed dramatically".

Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of the three Syrian chemical weapons sites.

The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon said Sunday that Western airstrikes on their ally, Syria, have complicated prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict.

Russia's Nebenzia called it "a very sad day for the world, for the United Nations, for its Charter which was blatantly, blatantly violated, and for the Security Council which has shirked its responsibilities".

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" It represents the will of this overwhelming majority of people to the Security Council, for example China, so over the next few weeks and days, we will be chasing this using the secretary overall and people visit the Russians to return in to the global fold and help us resolve this battle", she clarified Sunday.

It seeks answers from Syria on gaps in its chemical weapons declaration to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. But the rollout of new sanctions is usually closely guarded, in part to prevent people subjected to them from quickly moving their money around.

Nebenzia responded saying the environment is "not very conducive for any rapprochement" and "the political and unsafe military situation we are in now" must be sorted out first.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who briefed the council before the vote, stressed again "the need to avoid the situation from spiraling out of control" and for a political solution.

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