Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

WaPo: Trump hasn't signed off on Russian Federation sanctions Haley announced

WaPo: Trump hasn't signed off on Russian Federation sanctions Haley announced

Relations between Moscow and Washington have recently moved at what US President Donald Trump has called its lowest point. "I think they're feeling that".

Russian Federation and Iran have called the action a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Ward levied the accusation against Russian Federation during a closed-door meeting at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The U.S. ambassador to the OPCW, Kenneth Ward, said there were suspicions that Russian Federation, a longtime ally of the Syrian government, may have tampered with the evidence. "It is our concern that they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission to conduct an effective investigation", he said.

Speaking of Assad and his suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man".

Unfettered access is essential. The OPCW inspectors will not assign blame for attacks.

The fact-finders arrived in Damascus on Saturday but the OPCW said their visit to Douma had been delayed by Syrian and Russian officials citing "pending security issues".

UK PM Theresa May will make a statement to parliament after the opposition said it was wrong to have launched military action without consulting MPs. 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.

Moscow blamed the delay on the Western air strikes.

The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon said Sunday that Western airstrikes on their ally, Syria, have complicated prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict. This was at the very beginning after this information [of the attack] appeared. "Therefore allegations of this towards Russian Federation are groundless".

Three sites were hit - the Barzeh complex, which the United States says is a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this.

The United States, Britain and France fired more than 100 missiles at three alleged chemical weapons facilities on Friday, angering the Syrian regime's military backer Moscow, which threatened to retaliate. Doctors at the hospital where suspected victims were treated told reporters on the tour that none of the patients that night had suffered chemical weapons injuries - they were asphyxiated by dust and smoke in a bombardment.

The United States, Britain and France launched 105 missiles targeting what the USA said were chemical weapon facilities in Syria as a direct retaliation for the gas attack on April 7.

Members of the 41-seat executive council of the OPCW were due to discuss the alleged use of prohibited toxins in Syria, but were not expected to reach any agreement about a response.

In an official statement the ministry said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria, it said, "crossed all possible red lines" adding, "Those responsible for use of chemical weapons against civil population, including children, must be held accountable". "I spoke to the president this morning, and he said, 'If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is "locked and loaded."' When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line".

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