Russian Federation may have tampered with chemical attack site, United States envoy says

US to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria’s Assad

US to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria’s Assad

The sanctions are reportedly imminent and will target Russian companies that have helped the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad make and deploy chemical weapons like those that spurred the United States and its allies to launch more than 100 missiles at Syria over the weekend.

The deputy foreign minister also said Russian politicians were discussing U.S. "abuse" of the dollar's status as the worldwide currency, RIA quoted Ryabkov as saying.

He spoke as the OPCW chemical weapons watchdog held an urgent meeting.

Worldwide inspectors are trying to reach the site in Douma, near Damascus. Footage of young victims foaming at the mouth and weeping in agony helped to thrust Syria's civil war - in which half a million people have been killed in the past seven years - to the forefront of world concern again.

Russia's Ministry of Defence said Saturday that none of the Western strikes in Syria had hit areas near to Russia's air and naval bases.

The Trump administration signaled Sunday that it will impose new sanctions as soon as this week on Russian Federation for supporting the Syrian regime as it allegedly conducted a deadly chemical attack against its own people.

Russian Federation on Saturday called US airstrikes on Syria "treacherous and insane" and a "clear and present danger to world peace".

"We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future", said press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The Trump administration is weighing a new round of economic sanctions against Russian Federation for its backing of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.

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Speaking of Assad and his suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man".

But she will be questioned over why she did not seek parliamentary approval for the action, a decision that she and her ministers say was driven by the need to act quickly. Moscow denied it was blocking OPCW experts but said the United Nations security department had not yet agreed for the mission to travel to Douma, according to Russian news agency Interfax. The Russian military said its chemical experts visited Douma shortly after the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical agents in ground samples.

"So I think everyone is going to be feeling it at this point".

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said.

"What (Trump) has done is talked to our allies and said they need to step up more".

Although U.S. President Donald Trump had declared: "Mission accomplished" after the strikes, U.S. Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie at the Pentagon acknowledged that elements of the program remained and he could not guarantee that Syria would be unable to conduct a chemical attack in the future. Britain's May will make a statement to parliament on Monday on her decision and will repeat her assertion that Assad's forces were highly likely responsible for the attack.

It is barred from having, storing or using nerve agents, and while it is permitted to possess chlorine for civilian uses, is banned from using that chemical as a weapon.

The US, Britain and France launched a series of air strikes against Syrian government targets in the early hours of Saturday in retaliation for the alleged gas attack. In France, the conservatives, the far-left and the far-right have all criticised the strikes.

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