Russian Federation 'is preventing inspectors from reaching Syria chemical attack site'


It strongly denied interfering with the work of inspectors attempting to reach the site of the atrocity which the United Kingdom and Western allies have concluded was perpetrated by the regime of Moscow's ally Bashar Assad.

"I think it is worse, because during the Cold War there were channels of communication and there was no obsession with Russophobia, which looks like genocide by sanctions", he told the BBC. Under the War Powers Resolution, the president must keep Congress informed of such actions.

Syria joined the OPCW, the organization tasked with monitoring adherence to the 1997 convention, in 2013 after a sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of people in Ghouta.

The proposed sanctions follow US -led airstrikes against Syria's chemical weapons capability and President Trump's promise that Assad and his allies, namely Moscow, would pay a "big price" for enabling the use of chemical weapons.

It comes as British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face MPs over her decision to launch air strikes against Syria as Labour questioned the legality of the bombing raid.

"It's not something we're going to tolerate and they've got to make a decision", she added. We went after their massive research facility which was the heart of their chemical weapons program and we went after their production facility.

"The speed with which we acted was essential in co-operating with our partners to alleviate further humanitarian suffering and to maintain the vital security of our operations", she said.

"Russia confirms its adherence to the provision of security for the mission and does not plan to interfere with its work", the country's representative at the OPCW said according to Russian news agency Tass.

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down". "Secretary Mnuchin will be announcing those on Monday, if he hasn't already".

"Everyone is going to feel it at this point", Haley said, warning of consequences for Assad's foreign allies.

"With the political and diplomatic actions that we're taking now, we wanted [Syria's] friends, Iran and Russian Federation, to know that we meant business and that they were going to be feeling the pain from this as well", Haley said. In a USA military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, missiles took out almost 20 percent of the Syrian air force, the Pentagon said.

Within the European Union, which is due to hold an worldwide donor conference for Syria next week, most governments now agree that Assad can not continue as president for peace talks to succeed. Speaking on French television BFM and online site Mediapart, Macron stressed that the French diplomacy is able to talk with Iran, Russia and Turkey on one side and to the United States on the other side. They have done nothing but brutalize their people and destroy their land.

Meanwhile, new satellite images show the ruins of the latest US-led airstrikes.

However, EU diplomats cautioned that until European governments had more idea of what the United States was planning, it was not possible to quickly follow suit.

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. The action, she added, came after diplomatic options had been exhausted. The move was part of a joint Russian-US deal that averted military action threatened by then-president Barack Obama.

The organisation, which needs a two-thirds majority to take decisions, has been undermined by deep political division over the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.