U.S. to Impose New Sanctions on Russia After Syria Chemical Attack

  • U.S. to Impose New Sanctions on Russia After Syria Chemical Attack

U.S. to Impose New Sanctions on Russia After Syria Chemical Attack

When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces launched a chemical weapons attack against civilian targets past year, Trump was horrified by the deaths of "beautiful little babies" and quickly ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield, although he listened to top military advisers and chose to minimize Russian and other casualties.

Nebenzia also called for the UN Security Council to meet again on Friday to discuss the possibility of Western military action. He didn't elaborate or name the state.

"Even non-significant incidents would lead to new waves of migrants to Europe and to other consequences, which neither we nor our European neighbours need", Lavrov said.

Trump himself appeared on Thursday to cast doubt on at least the timing of any USA -led military action, tweeting: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

According to a statement by the French presidency, Macron called for dialogue between France and Russian Federation to "continue and intensify" to bring peace and stability to Syria.

"Russia can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and its coverups", she said.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia insisted that there was "no credible confirmation of toxic substance use in Douma", adding that "we have information to believe that what took place is a provocation with the participation of certain countries' intelligence services".

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

Russia's military says Britain was behind the alleged April 7 chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrians in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of President Bashar Assad's government for years.

US allies have offered strong words of support for Washington but no clear military plans have yet emerged. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

A first team of experts from the global Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has arrived in Syria, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

Here's who Russian Federation has blamed this week for the alleged chemical attack that killed dozens, including many children.

France said Thursday it has proof that Syrian government forces, which Russian Federation has pledged to protect, conducted the attack.

"We had an early warning of the strike from the Russians and all military bases were evacuated a few days ago", the official said.

"No CW traces, no victims to be found anywhere, but plenty of empty words and accusations", said Zakharova.

None of the missiles fired by the United States and its allies were routed through the Russian air defense zone in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday, after multinational forces hammered select targets in Syria.