Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Attack on Syria act of aggression, says Putin

Attack on Syria act of aggression, says Putin

The worldwide community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life, she said.

- Syrian state TV called the attacks a "blatant violation of global law and shows contempt for worldwide legitimacy".

"We don't need more military action, we need all worldwide parties to push for a political solution", said Boulad. Putin demanded a United Nations Security Council immediately.

The US said it suspected sarin gas also was used. The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed these reports as fake news.

"In the United States administration there are specific people who it is possible to talk with", said Ermakov, head of the ministry's Department for Non-proliferation and Arms Control.

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now in Damascus and are expected to visit Douma this weekend.

Inspectors from the OPCW chemical watchdog will begin their investigation Sunday at the site of a chemical attack near Damascus, a senior official said.

Mekdad declined to comment to reporters waiting outside the hotel where the meeting took place.

Mr Assad's key ally Iran also slammed the attack, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei describing Western leaders as "criminals".

The US, Britain, and France struck targets in Damascus on Friday in retaliation for the Syrian regime's reported use of chemical weapons against the rebel-held town of Douma.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council "there is clear information demonstrating Assad's culpability".

USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced on Sunday that the U.S. will imminently impose a new rounds of sanctions on Russian Federation.

She listed three main aims for the United States: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that pose a risk to USA interests, that Daesh is defeated and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing, speaking on Fox News.

It was unclear whether Trump thought sarin had been used when he said on Twitter on Wednesday that United States missiles "will be coming" and accused Assad of being a "Gas Killing Animal".

Global experts to visit gas attack site:He worldwide investigators were in Syria and ready to visit the site of a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack in Douma, which prompted the military action on Saturday.

"We need more serious steps, more pressure to go to the negotiating table to find a political solution", even if that includes military intervention, she said.

"We don't want to see our country just spending all this money on the military while we're getting cutbacks in healthcare, education and housing", said Sale. "Those responsible must be brought to justice", he said.

The US Department of Defense says that a chemical weapons storage facility was targeted, in addition to a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and command post.

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".

- American Forces deployed B-1B Lancer bombers for last night's strike and used double the number of weapons than in a 2017 missile strike responding to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack.

Haley said the joint military strike put a heavy blow into their chemical weapons program, setting them back years and reiterated that if Assad uses poison gas again, the United States is locked and loaded. Various groups alleged that either chlorine, a nerve agent, or both were used in the attack.

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