Russian Federation to face new sanctions over Syria: Nikki Hayley

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2018

The UN Security Council on April 14 rejected an effort by Russian Federation, a key ally of Syria, to denounce it as an unjustified "aggression" against a sovereign state.

Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the three Western allies got support from only two other countries on the 15-member Security Council - China and Bolivia.

Mr Nebenzia accused the US, UK and France of "hooliganism" and of "demonstrating a blatant disregard for worldwide law".

A day after the U.S., Britain and France bombarded sites they said were linked to a chemical weapons program, Syrian President Bashar Assad appeared briefly on state TV, seemingly unfazed by the military action - and even reportedly in high spirits. "They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use", Haley said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", she added.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was set to begin its investigation inside the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma on Saturday, just hours after the strikes. However, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said that one night of air strikes was not a substitute for a clear, comprehensive Syria strategy.

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NATO said all 29 of its members in the alliance backed the airstrikes

The US Ambassador to United Nations also used the occasion to defend the usage of the words "mission accomplished", by the US President Donald Trump after he ordered the military on Friday to launch airstrikes on three sites in Syria. A senior Russian military official said on Saturday that Syria's air defences, which mostly consist of systems made in the former Soviet Union, had intercepted 71 of the 105 American, British and French missiles.

She also suggested that Russian Federation wasn't helpful in pursing worldwide diplomatic responses to the chemical attack, saying the 105 missiles launched by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom at three Syrian sites connected to the making and storing of chemical weapons "didn't have to happen". The U.S. says it suspects that sarin gas also was used.

Johnson also insisted that the action would not "turn the tide" of the conflict and was not about regime change.

The two leaders agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in Syria, the news agencies reported. "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it".

Several missiles hit a research centre in Barzeh, north of Damascus, "destroying a building that included scientific labs and a training centre", SANA reported.

Nasrallah said there is no chemical program in Syria, and he likened the attacks in Syria to the West's concern over Iran's nuclear program.

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