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Syria, Russia block poison gas investigation

Syria, Russia block poison gas investigation

UPDATE: President Trump has, reports The Washington Post, "put the brakes" on new sanctions against Russian Federation. Putin, and therefore Russia, does not enjoy any implication of inferiority, and while the U.S.'s recent successes against Russian forces are easy to brag about, those losses could fuel a spirit of vengeance within Moscow.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron faced anger Monday from their lawmakers for conducting the air strikes with the United States. Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny any such attack took place.

Relief organisations say dozens of men, women and children were killed. Footage of young victims foaming at the mouth and weeping in agony has thrust Syria's civil war - in which half a million people have been killed in the past seven years - to the forefront of world concern again. -French attack has not only "consolidated the peoples of Russian Federation and Syria, but all the nations, which are guided by the norms of global law", Sablin said. His comments at the closed-door meeting were obtained by Reuters.

"Russia and Syria have not yet allowed access to Douma", the British delegation said in a tweet on Sunday before adding that "unfettered access [is] essential". "Russia and Syria must cooperate".

The OPCW investigators are expected to gather soil and other samples from the site of the suspected attack to determine which substances, if any, were used in the attack.

Meanwhile, Nato's secretary general said the weekend's US-led strikes will reduce the Syrian government's capabilities of carrying out new chemical attacks. This was at the very beginning after this information [of the attack] appeared.

Russia's response thus far has been a mixture of indignation and threatening posturings. The U.S. military avoided hitting targets that could send clouds of deadly gas into the air.

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said several coordination meetings were held with the OPCW team, but he did not provide any further details about their schedule. Pic: DigitalGlobe via APThe Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Facility in Syria on Friday, April 13, 2018, ahead of a US -led allied missile attack. Government forces and Russian troops have deployed in Douma, which has now fallen under the control of the Syrian government. State aid trucks handed out bread, rice and pasta to people who had lived under siege for years.

A joint United Nations-OPCW mission concluded the Syrian airforce was responsible for a sarin attack that killed almost 100 people a year ago in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

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"China's stance on chemical weapons is clear".

Chemical weapons, which can be delivered from helicopters, artillery shells or grenades, often indiscriminately kill or inflict terrible injuries on everyone within a targeted area.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Soviet-made S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa systems, used by the Syrian military, intercepted 71 out of the 103 missiles fired by the US and its allies.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made this clear on Monday as he arrived at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg, telling reporters: "I'm afraid the Syrian war will go on in its frightful, miserable way".

"The Syrian regime has an abhorrent record of using chemical weapons against its own people".

The 28 ministers endorsed the missile strikes and considered steps to deepen Assad's isolation. "The photo was taken Thursday in the Situation Room during Syria briefing".

While Haley indicated that more sanctions against Moscow would be announced, Sanders appeared to backtrack, saying: "We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future".

The Western leaders also faced scrutiny at home over their actions.

A visit by chemical weapons inspectors to the site of a suspected gas attack in Syria was delayed on Monday, British and Russian officials said, as Western powers and Russia traded accusations in the aftermath of retaliatory US -led missile strikes. The French Constitution bars presidents from going to parliament and President Emmanuel Macron will therefore not be questioned by law-makers.