European Union cool to U.S. plan for new Russian Federation sanctions over Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns there will be global

Camera Icon Russian President Vladimir Putin warns there will be global"chaos if the West strikes Syria again

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Sunday the United States would announce new economic sanctions aimed at companies dealing with equipment related to Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.

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.

Around 75 people, including children, were killed in the Douma assault, United Kingdom officials said, while 500 people were treated in the attack's aftermath with symptoms consistent with chemical weapons exposure, the World Health Organization reported.

A diplomatic storm erupted as the Office for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Syrian and Russian officials had claimed there were "security issues" which prevented a fact-finding mission from reaching Douma, where around 75 people are thought to have died in the attack.

He also urged Syria to "end this charade", "immediately cease all" such attacks and "immediately declare and dismantle all aspects of its chemical weapons program".

The suspected attack, denied by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, reportedly killed dozens of people in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region.

"I can not be impolite to the heads of other states ... but frankly speaking, all the evidence they quoted was based on media reports and social networks".

Mr Uzumcu said the OPCW team was in the Syrian capital awaiting access.

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Guterres said he has asked Syrian special envoy Staffan de Mistura to come to NY as soon as possible to consult "on the most effective way to accelerate the political process".

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, arriving for a summit of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg, said: "The action that was taken by France, by the UK, by the United States in launching calibrated and proportionate strikes against Assad's chemical weapons capabilities, was entirely right, entirely the right thing to do - right for the UK and right for the world".

The OPCW inspectors will not assign blame for attacks.

The UK's envoy to the OPCW, Peter Wilson, called for the inspectors to be given "unfettered access" to Douma and dismissed as "ludicrous" Russian suggestions that Britain had helped stage a fake attack.

The U.S. -led strikes did nothing to alter the strategic balance or dent Assad's supremacy and the Western allies have said the aim was to prevent the further use of chemical weapons, not to intervene in the civil war or topple Assad.

The U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of "aggression" by the United States, United Kingdom and France against Syria on Saturday, a vote reflecting support for the allied airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites.

What was targeted on Saturday?

The Pentagon says none of the missiles were shot down.

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The US says 105 missiles were launched and it believes none were intercepted by Syrian defences.

However, the White House said Mr Trump still wants U.S. forces to withdraw from the region as soon as possible.

The other two were suspected chemical weapons facilities at Him Shinshar near Homs.

"The European Union will continue to consider further restrictive measures against Syria as long as the repression continues", they said in a statement after their talks.

"The US mission has not changed - the President has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible", press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

The claim by Russian Federation comes at a time when the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is likely to face heavy political pressure over her decision to bomb Syria's chemical weapons program.

"It was retaliation, not an act of war", Macron said in justifying the operation a day before the French parliament was set to debate it.

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