Haley: US to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Syria

Haley: US to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Syria

Haley: US to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Syria

Haley has criticized Russian Federation for supporting Assad's regime and for blocking global efforts to investigate Syria's suspected chemical weapons use.

"We put facts contrary to your myths", he said.

A joint United Nations-OPCW mission concluded that troops under Syrian President Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons several times in recent years, including in a sarin attack a year ago in the town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed almost 100 people.

Gold and oil traded slightly lower as markets opened for the first time since Western powers launched a missile attack on Syria, but equities are unlikely to experience big losses unless the West strikes again or Russian Federation retaliates. And it would establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks, call for a cease-fire in Syria, unimpeded access for all humanitarian aid, and an urgent resumption of negotiations on a political settlement.

"Fears of a direct military conflict between the US and Russian Federation have been sidelined, allowing markets to breathe easier, but only somewhat", BCS analysts said in a note.

At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the US and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

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President Donald Trump said a US-led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program was "perfectly carried out".

Skies over Damascus lit up by missile fireside as a US UK France coalition launch revenge strikes in SyriaAP:Related Press
Skies over Damascus lit up by missile fireside as a US UK France coalition launch revenge strikes in SyriaAP:Related Press

"We are likely to get a sell-off this week as the extent of the Syrian strikes have been muted and, in general, calmer nerves prevail in Washington", she said.

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".

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and they agreed the Western airstrikes were an "illegal action. adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria", a Kremlin statement said.

Assad reportedly told the lawmakers that last week's joint military strike by the US, Britain and France against his country was an act of aggression.

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.

Following up on President Donald Trump's threat, the U.S. - along with allies Britain and France - rained cruise missiles at three locations in Syria on Saturday, the biggest strike by the West in the seven years of the war in Syria.

Russian military police had been deployed in Douma, raising complaints from the Syrian opposition that evidence of chemical weapons use might no longer be found.




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