Putin: Further Western strikes on Syria will lead to chaos, say agencies

US President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington

US President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the United States will place more sanctions on Russian Federation this week related to its support for Syria's chemical weapons program.

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

He said Russian Federation and Syria are united in trying "to protect global law based on respect of the sovereignty of countries and the wills of people".

In that case, he said it would be up to the United Nations to intervene.

"We will work calmly, methodically and professionally, using all opportunities to remove the situation from its current extremely risky political peak".

Speaking to The Associated Press from rebel-held northern Syria, he said they were unlikely to curb the government's ability to produce such weapons or launch new attacks.

A team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is in Syria to investigate the Douma incident and was expected to visit the town. A Syrian government source told Russian reporters that OPCW experts were planning to start their activities in the Syrian area of Eastern Ghouta, where a chemical attack allegedly took place.

File image of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons". "We know that it is now up to Bashar al-Assad on whether he's going to use chemical weapons again".

LONDON/DAMASCUS, April 15 (Reuters) - Western powers have no plans for further missile strikes on Syria but will assess their options if Damascus uses chemical weapons again, Britain's foreign minister said on Sunday as debate raged over the legality and effectiveness of the raids.

Trump said a small American force over the past year has virtually eliminated Islamic State control over what once was a vast territory spanning parts of Syria and Iraq.

On the "Fox News Sunday" program, Haley again slammed Russian Federation, accusing it of enabling the Syrian government to use chemical weapons without worrying about blowback at the United Nations.

Some in the Syrian community believe it was a small positive step in the right direction while others believe it will only cause more problems for the USA and American troops in Syria.

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the legal basis used to support the British role was debatable, adding that he would only support action backed by the UN Security Council.

The two leaders agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in Syria, the news agencies reported.

Syria released video of the wreckage of a bombed-out research lab, but also of Assad arriving at work as usual, with the caption "Morning of resilience" and there were no immediate reports of casualties. Syria and its ally, Russia, say the attack was fabricated to turn opinion against them.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce blamed Russian Federation for repeatedly vetoing resolutions on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said Britain took military action "to save lives", on the legal basis of "humanitarian intervention". But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of US missiles previous year.

The US and the United Kingdom have also left the door open for further missile strikes on Syria, if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons again.

"We have to be very conscious of the fact that we can not allow even the smallest use of chemical weapons".

Sarin had previously appeared to be the threshold for intervention.

"Trudeau is not acting because the Canadian public doesn't know what is happening in Syria", she said.

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