Russian Federation says United States will want dialogue after Syria strikes
Apr 16 2018 by Desiree Burns
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Following up on President Donald Trump's threat, the United States - along with allies Britain and France - rained cruise missiles at three locations in Syria on Saturday, the biggest strike by the West in the seven years of the war in Syria. Eight countries voted against and four abstained. Four countries abstained - Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea and Peru.
The United States, Britain and France launched air strikes on Saturday against what they described as three Syrian chemical weapons targets in retaliation for a suspected gas attack that killed scores of people in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7.
Yesterday, the USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, warned a wave of new sanctions were on the way with the aim of punishing Russian Federation for its backing of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council "there is clear information demonstrating Assad's culpability".
President Donald Trump said the strikes had accomplished their aim of undermining efforts by the Syrian government to produce and use chemical weapons again in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
"When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line", Haley stressed.
Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression".
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The Security Council is comprised of five permanent members - the US, France, Great Britain, China and Russian Federation - and 10 rotating members.
He said the analysis was done at the request of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to 'reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties'. "We have a long day ahead", she said before the start of a meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg on Monday. "With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years".
The heavily armed, Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah movement, which fights alongside the Syrian Army and is represented in the Beirut government, has been a vital ally of Damascus in Syria's war.
Russia's Nebenzia called it "a very sad day for the world, for the United Nations, for its Charter which was blatantly, blatantly violated, and for the Security Council which has shirked its responsibilities".
"For the stress on Asia equity markets to be sustainable we would need to have oil prices spiking to such a level that fundamental concerns, i.e. higher inflation and risks on growth, return to the market", he said.
She again slammed Russian Federation for enabling the Syrian government to use chemical weapons without worrying about blowback at the United Nations.
He called the rebels a "terrorist organisation established by the British intelligence".
Nebenzia responded saying the environment is "not very conducive for any rapprochement" and "the political and unsafe military situation we are in now" must be sorted out first. "No other group" could have carried out that attack, May said, adding that the allies' use of force was "right and legal".