Putin sits back as United States, allies strike Syria

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleySunday shows preview: White House officials talk Syria strike State Dept: No one better about lying over US role in world than Russia US trades barbs with Russia at UN Security Council after allied Syria strike MORE announced on Sunday the U.S. would impose new sanctions on Russia following the deadly suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria last week.

Syria has refused to negotiate an end to the civil war that is now in its seventh year, and it's time for Russian Federation, a Syrian ally, to make that happen, Haley said.

The White House on Monday said it was weighing fresh Russian Federation sanctions for Moscow's role supporting Syria's chemical weapons program, but officials cautioned that no decision has yet been taken.

President Donald Trump and some of his top cabinet aides have battled over the administration's policy toward President Vladimir Putin and Russian Federation.

The accusations followed an earlier statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication". Moscow has denied involvement.

People hold belongings as they walk on the rubble of damaged buildings in the city of Douma, Damascus, Syria on Monday.

He also took credit for getting the U.S.to lead the attack on Syria, noting that Trump had previously said he wanted the U.S.to withdraw its troops from Syria "very soon". He said there would be "consequences", and the responsibility for them lies with Washington, London and Paris.

"Better than a military strike would be serious discussions between the USA and Russian Federation on ending the conflict". On Monday he said he would decide within 48 hours on a forceful answer to the attack in Syria, later telling reporters: "When, I will not say, because I don't like talking about timing".

While none of the cruise missiles launched by the United States and its allies reached the Russian air defense zones, the strikes sparked outrage in Moscow. Putin and Macron instructed their foreign and defense ministers to maintain close contact to "de-escalate the situation", the Kremlin said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May won backing from her senior ministers on Thursday to take unspecified action with the United States and France to deter further use of chemical weapons by Syria.

As The New York Times notes, "New sanctions on Monday would be the third round enacted by the Trump administration against Russian Federation in the past four weeks". Turkey joined as well, describing the attack against the Syrian government as an "appropriate" response.

Since then, the USA has also put pressure on United Kingdom banks, urging them to refuse to conduct business with the sanctioned companies and individuals if they want to continue their working relationship with the U.S., in an attempt to deal a fresh blow to the Russian elite.

"We put facts contrary to your myths", he said.

"The Russian ambassador to the United Nations said the western attacks of this morning on Syria were an "act of aggression" against a sovereign state and accused the US, UK and France of "diplomatic hooliganism" ".

Mr Lavrov also questioned why the U.S. and its allies had carried out air strikes the day before worldwide inspectors were due to arrive at the site. The OPCW team is tasked with determining whether banned substances were used in the Douma attack, a charge that both Syria and its ally Russian Federation vehemently denied.

The Russian military on Friday said it had proof that an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Eastern Ghouta was staged on orders from London.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry in a statement said Russian military bases in Syria had not been affected by the joint strike.

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