Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Russian Federation says will make every effort to improve ties with West

Russian Federation says will make every effort to improve ties with West

The proposed punitive measures include restrictions on imports from the United States, like alcohol, tobacco, drugs and agricultural produce; barring certain USA citizens from entering Russia; imposing restrictions on employment opportunities for U.S. nationals and/or residents of other countries; suspending or terminating worldwide cooperation between USA and Russian companies involved in nuclear power production, aircraft manufacturing and rocket engine building; and raising the price for air navigation services for USA aircraft.

The missiles didn't strike any locations where Russian military forces are based; instead, hitting targets they believe are Syrian government chemical weapons labs.

President Trump ordered precision missile strikes Friday evening on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack.

"The White House says its certainty about a chemical attack by Damascus relies on the media; on reports about symptoms, videos and photos; and also on credible information", she continued.

London put "powerful pressure" on the civil defence organisation, Konashenkov said.

The US and its allies believe the Syrian regime was behind the attack, but Russian Federation has long insisted it was staged by rebels in an attempt to provoke further Western intervention.

According to the administration source, on March 24, Trump's aides explained to him that the USA "would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil", The Washington Post wrote.

Independent chemical weapons inspectors are en route to the Eastern Ghouta area to look for evidence.

The Kremlin said both Putin and Macron lauded the upcoming visit of the worldwide chemical watchdog's fact-finding mission to Syria and pledged to join efforts to provide necessary assistance to that mission.

Lavrov said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".

Noting that Trump extended "an olive branch" to both Russian Federation and Iran in his speech, Taleblu added that "the question for the United States and the coalition is how long are they prepared to sustain this", he asked. "Our warnings have been left unheard", the statement said.

The allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were eager on Friday to lay blame for the crisis not with him but with Trump.

Putin responded to Saturday's attack by calling the strikes "an act of aggression against a sovereign state that is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism".

"The evacuation operation should wrap up before the OPCW experts enter Douma", Abdel Rahman said.

At the Security Council on Friday, the Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the West was interested only in overthrowing the Syrian government and urged the US, French and British leaders to refrain from military action.

Last April, when United States warships in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base, Russian forces were warned in advance and pulled out of the target area, which was rapidly repaired.

But the Syria conflict is a complex web of overlapping wars which have drawn in several world powers, and the risk of miscalculation is as high as Trump's Twitter rhetoric is provocative.

Asked if he meant war between the United States and Russian Federation, he said: "We can not exclude any possibilities unfortunately".

"You don't rush decisions like this", she told reporters.

"We hope there will be no point of no return".

"The situation is tense", Mr Peskov said, adding that Russian Federation is calling for an "unprejudiced and objective investigation before making judgments" on chemical weapons use.

U.S. allies have offered strong words of support for Washington, but no clear military plans have yet emerged.

He added that Washington seems determined to take military action in Syria and this is risky. Trump said Washington is prepared to "sustain" pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons. President Donald Trump warned Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week that missiles would be coming to Syria.

"I don't think we're at the Cuban missile crisis level, but we're getting pretty damn close", Russian Federation expert Boris Zilberman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told AFP.

Hours later, the Russian Embassy in Damascus said no Russians were known to have been hurt in the overnight airstrike.

"Did a chemical weapons attack happen?"

"Obviously, deaths with chemical weapons are a real tragedy, a disaster, but on the other hand when barrel bombs with conventional weapons drop, they do not distinguish between people, children, women, elderly and they kill all of them mercilessly", he said.

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