Russian Federation promises swift response to United States sanctions as rouble, shares slide

16 April, 2018, 18:33 | Author: Wade Massey
  • OCT. 7 2016

Asked about US-Russia relations, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said ties were "very strained" but that the United States still hoped for a better relationship.

The U.S., United Kingdom and France said they launched airstrikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining evidence that a chemical weapon was used by President Bashar Assad's government.

"You are not only placing yourselves above global law, but you are trying to re-write worldwide law", Nebenzia said after the vote.

Russia and Iran called the use of force by the USA and its French and British allies a "military crime" and 'act of aggression.' The UN Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the aggression by the three Western allies.

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the phrase "Mission Accomplished" to describe a US -led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, even as his aides stressed continuing USA troop involvement and plans for new economic sanctions against Russian Federation for enabling the government of Bashar Assad.

Addressing told the council, Haley said the United States was confident that the military strikes had crippled Syria's chemical weapons program. This was playing with fire after Russia - Syria's strongest ally - had warned that a missile attack would be met with force by Moscow, raising fears of a straight fight between the U.S. and Russia.

French president Emmanuel Macron claimed on Sunday that his country convinced Donald Trump to keep an American presence in Syria.

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The Sunday Times also said that British spy officials had been preparing for Russia-backed hackers to release embarrassing information on politicians and other high-profile people since the attack on the Skripals.

A Kremlin statement said Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the multi-sided, seven-year conflict that has killed at least half a million people.

U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said the allied airstrikes "took out the heart" of Assad's chemical weapons arsenal.

Speaking to the BBC, Britain's Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson said that Western powers had no plans for further missile strikes, though they would assess their options if Damascus used chemical weapons again.

The night time assault on Syria was carefully limited to minimise civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Russian Federation, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance. The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used. The Syrian leadership has denied any involvement in the attack, and invited the experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate into the reports.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group that has hundreds of fighters backing Assad's forces, said the airstrikes failed to "terrorize or break the spirits" of Syria and its allies.

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