Russian FM calls attacks on Syria unacceptable


The United States and allies have responded to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons against the rebel-held town of Douma with missile strikes.

U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said the allied airstrikes "took out the heart" of Assad's chemical weapons arsenal.

Haley told "Fox News Sunday" the United States won't be pulling troops out of Syria right away, saying USA involvement there "is not done". It might seem Washington struck just to save face.

Authorities said there are no grounds for launching a case, according to Russian media agency TASS.

He said France now wanted to involve Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey in a new diplomatic initiative to find a sustainable political solution in Syria.

Three sites were hit in Syria overnight - two in Damascus and one in Homs - all of which were linked to the storage, or alleged testing of chemical weapons. According to Damascus, which has repeatedly said it had eliminated its chemical weapons stockpiles, the attack damaged Syrian infrastructure, and left three civilians injured.

President Donald Trump on Sunday said a US -led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program was "perfectly carried out".

Assad, Putin, Rouhani and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah have accused the West of using the strikes to sabotage an global inquiry into the chemical weapons claims.

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Sunday that Western strikes on Syria had failed to achieve anything, including terrorizing the army, helping insurgents or serving the interests of Israel.

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The U.N. Security Council has rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the United States and its allies against Syria.

Haley announced on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the US Treasury Department would formalize additional sanctions on Russian Federation the following day, but The Post reported that President Donald Trump had yet to sign off on the move.

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

"The worldwide community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life", she said.

Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news that he had convinced Trump to focus on the chemical weapons sites. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied chemical weapons were used in Syria, both this year and in 2016. "I think they're feeling that".

One of the sites struck on Saturday, the Barzeh research and development center, has always been known to American intelligence officials and to worldwide inspectors, according to a senior intelligence official.

The Syrian leadership has denied any involvement in the attack, and invited the experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate into the reports.

MAYNES: Well, you know, from President Putin on down to his foreign minister, to his foreign envoy, Russia's been arguing that this attack violates worldwide law.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May shared a similar sentiment in her public address, saying the strikes have not escalated tensions in the region and that everything had been done "to prevent civilian casualties". "No other group" could have carried out that attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal".