Putin predicts global 'chaos' if West hits Syria again

  • Putin predicts global 'chaos' if West hits Syria again

Putin predicts global 'chaos' if West hits Syria again

The White House said on Monday it is considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation following a chemical weapons attack in Syria, but has not made a decision yet.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told CBS' "Face the Nation" programme that the United States would announce new economic sanctions on Monday aimed at companies "that were dealing with equipment" related to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's alleged chemical weapons use.

Washington, meanwhile, prepared to increase pressure on Russian Federation with new economic sanctions, and European Union foreign ministers threatened similar measures.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May was facing criticism over her decision to bypass parliament and take part in the air strikes against Syria.

The sides discussed the situation after the missile attack of the U.S. on Syria.

The Western countries blame Assad for the Douma attack that killed dozens of people. The Syrian government has strongly denied the allegations.

Douma, which lies in the eastern Goutha district on the outskirts of the capital, was one of the last bastions near Damascus of rebels fighting to topple Mr Assad, and the alleged attack took place amid a ferocious government offensive.

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.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made this clear on Monday as he arrived at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg, telling reporters: "I'm afraid the Syrian war will go on in its awful, miserable way". The mechanism would look at cases where the OPCW fact-finding mission has established chemical weapons were used or likely used.

The 28 ministers endorsed the missile strikes and considered steps to deepen Assad's isolation.

Speaking on Fox News on Sunday, Haley listed three aims for the United States: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that poses a risk to USA interests, that so-called Islamic State group is defeated and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

Responding to Haley's remarks, Evgeny Serebrennikov, deputy head of a Russian parliamentary defence committee, said Moscow was ready for the penalties.

"We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages", the official added.

Stating that the US' attack on Syria was carried out when the inspectors of Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had arrived in Syria, saying: "The United Nations was created to build consensus among countries and should not be used for political interests of some powers because if anyone wants to act in their own way in the global stage, we will face chaos".

Iranian political and military officials on Saturday strongly condemned the US -led strike on Syria's military facilities.