Nikki Haley States sanctions against Russia coming soon

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US President Donald Trump has said the weekend air strikes accomplished their aim of undermining efforts by the Syrian government to produce and use chemical weapons.

"It is long overdue that this council condemns the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror and demands worldwide accountability for those responsible for these heinous acts..."

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 fact-finders arrived in Damascus on Saturday but the OPCW said their visit to Douma had been delayed by Syrian and Russian officials citing "pending security issues".

It has been more than a week since the attack in which witnesses and Western governments described helicopters dropping sarin and chlorine bombs that killed many children and women hiding from clashes between rebels and regime forces.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC he hopes there is no need for more strikes in Syria, but that Britain and its allies will consider further action if Assad uses chemical weapons again.

The deputy foreign minister also said that the politicians from Russian Federation were discussing United States "abuse of the dollar's status as the worldwide currency, RIA quoted Ryabkov as saying".

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also urged calm.


Ryabkov said the mission wasn't allowed in because it hadn't secured the approval of the UN Department for Safety and Security.

Haley, the administration's most prominent diplomatic voice until a new secretary of state is confirmed, said the new round of sanctions will target Russian companies that have helped the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad make and deploy chemical weapons. Lavrov noted that Russian and US militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it's not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.

"Unfettered access (is) essential", the statement said.

The nighttime assault on Syria was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Russian Federation, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

Moscow will study the new U.S. sanctions that the USA 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. It also said Russian officers found no patients with chemical attack symptoms at a local hospital, and no indication of any burials having taken place of the victims.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has sent a team to Syria to probe what happened in Douma, and the watchdog held an emergency meeting Monday in The Hague to discuss the situation.

The organisation, which needs a two-thirds majority to take decisions, has been undermined by deep political division over the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the British accusation that Russian Federation was to blame for holding up the inspections was "groundless".

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