US to impose new sanctions on Russia over Syria

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One of the three sites hit was the Barzeh complex, which the United States says was a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this.

Russian Federation has denied interfering with evidence at the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma that claimed over 70 lives and led to military intervention by the United States, the UK and France.

Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared.

The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon said Sunday that Western airstrikes on their ally, Syria, have complicated prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict.

"The Russian financial market will remain extremely nervous and volatile - with a short-term focus on the scale and rhetoric of the new USA sanctions", analysts at Societe Generale SA's Russian unit including Yury Tulinov said in a research note.

"The lesson of history is that when the global rules and standards that keep us safe come under threat, we must take a stand and defend them". Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said there were no reports of United States losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking Assad, who is also supported by Iran, and says there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma, a town near Damascus which had been held by rebels until this month.

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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council "there is clear information demonstrating Assad's culpability".

"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", he told reporters. "We're at a very low point and clearly the administration's position on Russian Federation has hardened".

"It was palpable, the fear", said Vladimir Frolov, an independent foreign-policy analyst in Moscow. They said they understood the air strikes had "the sole objective to prevent further use of chemical weapons and chemical substances as weapons by the Syrian regime to kill its own people".

IMAGE: A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria.

"Announcing the strikes, the White House said it has a large body of reliable intelligence" as well as social media users, non-governmental organizations, and other open-source outlets", which implicate the Syrian government in the alleged Douma attack.

But on Friday he appeared conciliatory.

Putin condemned Saturday's strikes as an "act of aggression" that will worsen the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and have a "destructive influence on the entire system of worldwide relations".

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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action.

Oil prices jumped to their highest level in more than three years on Wednesday after Trump's missile warning, and United States stock index futures fell sharply amid alarm over possible Russian-U.S. conflict over Syria. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

America will not withdraw its 2000 troops from Syria until Islamic State is defeated, to make sure chemical weapons are not used in a way that could harm USA national interests, she said. "The US will be a partner and a friend".

Inspectors in Syria have still not gained access to Douma, it is reported. The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Assad. "Russia and Syria must co-operate".

They still control the northwestern province of Idlib, near Turkey, and a southern region around Deraa, on the border with Jordan.

The American action came in the wake of recent reports that Trump intends to withdraw US forces from Syria altogether.

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