The U.S. envoy to the global watchdog said Russian Federation may have tampered with the site of the April 7 attack, which aid organisations say killed dozens of men, women and children. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said he convinced President Trump not to withdraw USA troops from Syria, reversing Trump's pledge earlier this month that he would withdraw thousands of troops stationed there. He didn't elaborate or name the state.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and they agreed the Western airstrikes were an "illegal action. adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria", a Kremlin statement said. When asked about the matter during a television interview, however, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted "that Russia has not tampered with the site". The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and unsafe actions. that would have consequences beyond conjecture".
"Chemical weapons were used on Syrian men, women, and children in #Douma". Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria, saying any such "adventures" in Syria would increase flows of refugees into Europe. "In the US administration there are specific people who it is possible to talk with".
Less than a week after pro-Bashar al-Assad forces killed over 70 people in an alleged chemical weapons attack, President Donald Trump authorized a series of "precision" missile strikes against the country's chemical weapons manufacturing facilities. Russian Federation has vetoed at least six resolutions in the U.N. Security Council regarding chemical weapons.
She said, "These strikes are about deterring the barbaric use of chemical weapons in Syria and beyond". Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.
Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) went to Syria last week to inspect the Douma site but have yet to gain access to the town, which is now under government control after the rebels withdrew. The Dutch government said it understood the motive for the raids but did not support them because they were not backed by a security council resolution, Blok said.
Haley also said the response by the Trump administration was "cumulative", taking into account not only the recent chemical weapons attack in Douma, but also other, smaller, attacks.
"Unfettered access essential. Russia & Syria must cooperate", tweeted the account of the British team with the OPCW, expressing concern that access to Douma was being denied.
She said, "You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down".
Iran and Russian Federation should not allow the "fire of a new tension" to flare up in the region, Rouhani said, adding that the airstrikes were an "invasion" aimed at "emboldening defeated terrorists", IRNA reported.
Douma was the last rebel holdout in the eastern Ghouta suburbs, the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands.
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