Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

US preparing new sanctions on Russia over Syria, Haley says

US preparing new sanctions on Russia over Syria, Haley says

Britain will study the "options" with its allies if regime leader Bashar al-Assad again uses chemical weapons against his people in Syria, but as yet there is nothing planned, foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday. She says: "President Assad has an absolutely positive attitude, a good mood".

On Sunday Trump said that the mission was "so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term 'Mission Accomplished'". And so I think everyone is going to feel it at this point. "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message".

Putin and Rouhani spoke by phone to discuss the situation in Syria after the United States, France and Britain launched missile strikes on the country over a suspected poison gas attack. With seemingly open-ended support from allies Russian Federation and Iran, the Syrian military will most definitely turn its attention to remaining opposition-held territory, namely in the south and the northern province of Idlib.

The latests strikes suggest that Trump may have reset America's red line for military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons. David Perdue (R-Ga.), who issued a statement declaring the chemical attacks on children unacceptable.

Instead, he said, the attack bolstered the confidence of the Syrian army and its allies, as well as probably sinking the already-faltering United Nations -backed peace process on Syria in Geneva. "This was not muscle flexing".

Asked if this meant Assad could carry on using barrel bombs and other means in the war provided he did not use chemical weapons, Johnson said that that was the "unhappy" effect. "Our job was never to start a war".

United States envoy Nikki Haley said the strikes were "justified, legitimate and proportionate".

Senator Mazie K Hirono said she was deeply concerned by the Trump's incoherent strategy on Syria where there are layers of complexity and no easy answers. Syria war monitors said the military emptied air bases and moved equipment before the strikes. This kind of brutality can not stand, and I support the President's decision to respond with the support of our allies in the United Kingdom and France.

Capt. Adulsalam Abdulrazek, a former officer in Syria's chemical program, said the overnight strikes probably hit "parts of, but not the heart" of the operation.

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"It's illegal because he didn't come and ask permission", he said.

"It's reckless because as you pointed out there isn't a strategy", Kaine added. "To succeed in the long run, we need a comprehensive strategy for Syria and the entire region". But we heard different things from the administration.

Russian and Iranian military help over the past three years has allowed Assad to crush the rebel threat to topple him.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the United States had taken decisive action in coordination with its allies.

A day after the bombardment, Assad appeared briefly on state TV and told a group of visiting Russian lawmakers that the US and its allies were spreading "lies and misinformation" against Syria.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the meeting confirmed that the United States and its allies "continue to put worldwide politics and diplomacy in the realm of myth-making - myths invented in London, Paris and Washington".

Russian Federation and Iran have called the strikes a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

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

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