Russia says will not delay response to US sanctions- RIA

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Asked about US-Russia relations, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said ties were "very strained" but that the United States still hoped for a better relationship.

The US' keenness to strike stemmed from its charge that the Syrian government had attacked a rebel-held enclave within the country with chemical weapons, killing about 50 people, and the West says it draws the line at chemical weapons, whose use is banned in global law.

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

The US says it did not coordinate with Russian Federation or notify the country of strikes Friday night on Syria, where Russian Federation has military bases and soldiers.

In an indication that the West, too, would prefer to lower tensions, the United States and Britain both reiterated that their military action on Saturday was not aimed at Assad, Putin's ally, only at his use of chemical weapons.

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Russian Federation has military forces, including air defences, in several areas of Syria to support Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

On Friday, President Donald Trump launched what he described as "precision" missile strikes against Syria, in a joint operation with the United Kingdom and France.

Trump tweeted Sunday that the strike was "perfectly carried out" and that "the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term "Mission Accomplished." He added that he knew the media would "seize" on the phrase, but said it should be used often.

The attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons programme, Washington said, in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago.

The war and politics of Syria are broadly going its way.

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President Donald Trump was furious last month when the USA announced it would expel 60 Russian diplomats, far less than its Europe allies, although he instructed his aides to "match their numbers" because he didn't want his administration to be perceived as taking the toughest stance on Moscow, the Washington Post reports.

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.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group that has hundreds of fighters backing Assad's forces, said the airstrikes failed to "terrorize or break the spirits" of Syria and its allies.

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7. Moscow has also tempered its tone, saying only that "there will be consequences".

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