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Putin, Rouhani reaffirm cooperation over Syria

Putin, Rouhani reaffirm cooperation over Syria

The sides discussed the situation after the missile attack of the US on Syria.

Putin made the comments in his phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani and the two leaders agreed that "this illegal action seriously damages the prospects for a political settlement in Syria,"Russian news agency RIA quoted the Kremlin press service as saying".

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in worldwide relations", a Kremlin statement said.

The White House said on Monday it is considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation following a chemical weapons attack in Syria, but has not made a decision yet.

The move was to retaliate for the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian troops early the month in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma near the Syrian capital Damascus.

The Western countries blame Assad for the Douma attack that killed dozens of people.

Pointing out that the United States and some Western countries do not want Syria to be easily stabilised, the president said: "We need to increase our speed in order to solve the Syrian crisis, and in this regard, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate with Russian Federation within bilateral and trilateral frameworks".

"We are carrying out an assessment of the material damages", the official added.

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The inspectors for the Hague-based OPCW met Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official in Damascus for about three hours on April 15.

The inspectors were due to attempt to visit the Douma site.

Stating that the US' attack on Syria was carried out when the inspectors of Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had arrived in Syria, saying: "The United Nations was created to build consensus among countries and should not be used for political interests of some powers because if anyone wants to act in their own way in the global stage, we will face chaos".

Assad told a group of visiting Russian lawmakers that the Western missile strikes were an act of aggression, Russian news agencies reported.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, which fights alongside the Syrian army, said the US military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would bring retaliation from Damascus and its allies and inflame the region.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the U.S. military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would spark retaliation from Damascus and its allies and inflame the region.

During the UN Security Council emergency meeting held on Saturday, Russia and United States envoys indulged in a bitter exchange. The mechanism would look at cases where the OPCW fact-finding mission has established chemical weapons were used or likely used.

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