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Trump Was Furious About US Expelling 60 Russian Diplomats

Trump Was Furious About US Expelling 60 Russian Diplomats

Stepping up the pressure on Syria's president, US Ambassador Nikki Haley indicated the sanctions to be announced on Monday would be aimed at sending a message to Russian Federation, which she said has blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

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 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. "And I think it's not only reasonable but necessary to point out that we do not view those as constructive contributions".

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Moscow had been informed of the looming sanctions.

"Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said during a CBS interview on Sunday. "We're matching", he said.

Putin said the actions violated the U.N. Charter and if they continue, "it will inevitably entail chaos in global relations", the statement said.

On Friday night, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to the alleged chemical incident in the Damascus' suburb of Duma.

Russian Federation may have tampered with the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma, the US envoy to the global watchdog said Monday, urging the body to condemn the continuing use of banned chemical weapons.




Russian Federation had said all along that Syria had no need to use chemical weapons.

Moscow brokered that agreement to forestall USA strikes in retaliation for an August 2013 chemical-weapons attack in a Damascus suburb that killed hundreds.

Putin has spoken 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.

Following up on President Donald Trump's threat, the USA - along with allies Britain and France - rained cruise missiles at three locations in Syria on Saturday, the biggest strike by the West in the seven years of the war in Syria.

However, the White House said Mr Trump still wants USA forces to withdraw from the region as soon as possible.

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.

"Saying that it has been a success, we won't know until we see whether the regime continues to use chemical weapons", King said on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.

Information for this article was contributed by Carol Morello and Liz Sly of The Washington Post; by Bassem Mroue, Sarah El Deeb, Hope Yen, Robert Burns, Edith M. Lederer, Angela Charlton, Jim Heintz and staff members of The Associated Press; and by Mark Niquette, Saleha Mohsin, Ben Brody and Ari Natter of Bloomberg News.