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United Nations rejects Russia's bid to condemn airstrikes on Syria

United Nations rejects Russia's bid to condemn airstrikes on Syria

Rudskoi says Saturday's strike hasn't caused any casualties and Syrian military facilities targeted by the U.S., Britain and France have suffered only minor damage.

The Trump administration plans to impose new sanctions against Russian Federation on Monday to punish it for enabling the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons in its civil war, the latest in a series of actions by both sides underscoring the deterioration in relations between Moscow and the West.

Haley told "Fox News Sunday" the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying us involvement there "is not done".

Fyodor Lukyanov, the Kremlin-friendly editor of the Russian Federation in Global Affairs magazine, ruled out the prospect of a direct military conflict between Moscow and Washington.

"Now they punish us for the mere fact of being in the global arena", Zakharova said.

The senior administration official said, "What you've seen tonight is not the end of the U.S. response".

He criticized the US and its allies for launching the strike without waiting for global inspectors to complete their visit to the area.

Trump said "the objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons".

And she said President Donald Trump told her Saturday morning that if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike again.

Russian Federation is likely to call for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss US, British and French air strikes on Syria, one of its lawmakers says.

Haley told CBS' "Face the Nation" that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would announce the sanctions on Monday and said they would target "any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use". Fortunately, the US-led strikes were carefully tailored not to hit Russian or Iranian interests in Syria.

The military strike in Syria that drew a gleeful "Mission Accomplished" from President Trump on Twitter is not exacting the same elation from some Middle East experts who see a long, hard climb to peace in the war-weary Muslim nation.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Sunday that the sanctions are being imposed "without any link to any realities".

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the US -led invasion of Iraq.

"This was very strong attack on the chemical weapons program", she said. I mean, they blamed the problems on hawks in Congress or the so-called deep state that won't let Trump, you know, be Trump.

Syrian television reported that a scientific research center had been hit and that Syrian air defenses had hit 13 incoming rockets south of Damascus.

The British envoy to the OPCW said the body had recorded 390 allegations of the use of banned chemicals in Syria since 2014, and that a failure by the OPCW to act risked allowing "further barbaric use of chemical weapons".

Russia's defence ministry says 71 of a complete of 103 cruise missiles have been intercepted by Syrian air defences.

Around 75 people, including children, were killed in the Douma assault, United Kingdom officials said, while 500 people were treated in the attack's aftermath with symptoms consistent with chemical weapons exposure, the World Health Organization reported.

But British Prime Minister Theresa May said there was little doubt the Syrian government used a barrel bomb - large containers packed with fuel, explosives and scraps of metal - to deliver the chemicals at Douma. "I think that's the right approach", Haley added.