US preparing new sanctions on Russia over Syria, Haley says

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US preparing new sanctions on Russia over Syria, Haley says

The UN Security Council on April 14 rejected an effort by Russian Federation, a key ally of Syria, to denounce it as an unjustified "aggression" against a sovereign state.

At the Security Council emergency meeting, Russia's United Nations envoy, Vasily Nebenzya, read out a quote from President Vladimir Putin accusing the allies of "cynical disdain" in acting without waiting for the results of a chemical-watchdog investigation into the alleged chemical attack in the former rebel-held town of Douma on April 7.

Mr Nebenzia accused the US, UK and France of "hooliganism" and of "demonstrating a blatant disregard for global law".

The United States, France and Britain fired dozens of missiles early Saturday to strike at Syria's chemical weapons program - the biggest intervention yet by Western countries against Syria, which is backed by Russian Federation and Iran.

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She spoke after the USA led an air-and-sea missile attack overnight Friday on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in response to his purported March 7 chemical attack on civilians, in the country's years-long civil war.

She added: "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line".

Syrian envoy to the UN Bashar Jaafari claimed that the Douma attack was a "masquerade" mounted by rebels.

He says people want to see justice after seeing the chemical attacks in Syria.

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The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin its investigation inside the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on Saturday, just hours after the strikes.

Senator Mazie K Hirono said she was deeply concerned by the Trump's incoherent strategy on Syria where there are layers of complexity and no easy answers. However, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said that one night of air strikes was not a substitute for a clear, comprehensive Syria strategy. Russian president Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs.

Any opposition expectations that the airstrikes might try to destroy or degrade Assad's lethal air power or target bases where his warplanes and helicopters begin their bombing missions were quickly dashed: The U.S., British and French precision attacks only singled out Assad's alleged chemical weapons capabilities.

She said: "We can not stand by and let Russian Federation trash every worldwide norm and allow use of chemical weapons to go unanswered". "This is not about trying to turn the tide of the conflict in Syria", he told the BBC. "This lets them know that this not good behaviour".

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The Pentagon said the strikes targeted three facilities — a scientific research center in the Damascus area, allegedly linked to the production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology; a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs; and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and key command post, also west of Homs.

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