The Trump Administration Just Announced More Sanctions Against Russia

Russia says alleged chemical attack in Syria was ‘staged,’ UK had ‘direct involvement

US recklessness in Syria

US Ambassador Nikki Haley announced on Sunday's "Face the Nation" that the US will be announcing a new round of sanctions against Russian Federation on Monday.

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is expected to announce a new round of economic sanctions against Russian Federation for its backing of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.

"The worldwide community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life", she said in an interview aired Sunday.

The resolution involves stopping the chemical weapon program and using the stockpiles destroyed, a replica of hostilities and compliance with all Security Council resolutions, having the Assad regimen go back to Geneva talks and accountability for the use of the firearms along with other war offenses in Syria.

Russia, that's an element of this P5 - the five permanent members of this U.N. Security Council - partnered with the U.S.at 2013, if the US was conducting airstrikes on Syria, in an arrangement which called for Syria's chemical weapons stash to get eliminated by the center of 2014.

At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the US and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

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"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", she said.

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

In a televised interview Sunday night, French President Emmanuel Macron said the U.S., France and Britain had "full worldwide legitimacy to intervene" because they had gotten evidence the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people and the airstrikes were enforcing global humanitarian law.

US officials have accused Russian Federation of failing in its role as guarantor of a 2013 agreement to dismantle Syria's chemical-weapons stockpiles.

This comes after the Trump administration announced another set of sanctions earlier this month on 24 wealthy Russians and government officials, as well as over a dozen Russian-controlled entities.

Syria, however, is interpreting the airstrikes as a victory for Assad, arguing that the limited scope of the strikes suggests that Western powers do not intend to challenge his rule.

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Britain argued that the strikes were "both right and legal" to alleviate humanitarian suffering from repeated use of toxic gas in attacks in Syria's seven-year war.

The night time assault on Syria was carefully limited to minimise civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Russian Federation, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

Syria and Russian Federation deny chemical weapons were used in the final offensive that captured Douma, a rebel-held territory east of Damascus. The strikes targeted a research facility near the Syrian capital of Damascus and suspected chemical weapons storage facilities near Homs.

"And what's most important is no one contests that the use of chemical weapons can not be tolerated and must be deterred", he said.

U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said the allied airstrikes "took out the heart" of Assad's chemical weapons arsenal.

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