Satellite pictures show damage done by Western airstrikes on Assad chemical sites

Satellite pictures show damage done by Western airstrikes on Assad chemical sites

The result is missile and air strikes by the U.S., France, and Great Britain on three supposed chemical weapons factories.

When asked whether Russian Federation was prepared to work with the proposals of Western countries at the United Nations, Ryabkov told TASS news agency: "Now the political situation is extremely tense, the atmosphere is extremely electrified, so I will not make any predictions".

Asked about US-Russia relations, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said ties were "very strained" but that the United States still hoped for a better relationship.

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the term "mission accomplished" to describe the Friday night attacks on Syria, even as President George W. Bush's former spokesperson said he wouldn't have recommended the president use the term.

The weekend's airstrikes in Syria and the country's seven-year-long civil war were also expected to be discussed.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, on Sunday said that more sanctions against Russian Federation are coming this week, as early as Monday.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Haley listed three aims for the United States: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that poses a risk to US interests, that Daesh is defeated and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.

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Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the Trump administration has yet to present hard evidence of what it says precipitated the allied missiles attack: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7.

Russian Federation also decried the USA -led operation as a failure, saying the majority of the rockets fired at Syria were intercepted by the Syrian government's air defense systems. He added that he knew the media would "seize" on the phrase, but said it should be used often.

"I say to the foreign secretary, I say to the prime minister, where is the legal basis for this?"

If President Assad was behind a chemical attack, Wauquiez said, he should answer to the International Criminal Court. Russian Federation doesn't have "very good friends". But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of USA missiles previous year.

"This is not going to solve the Syrian conflict". Russian Federation has vetoed at least six resolutions in the U.N. Security Council regarding chemical weapons.

The strikes suggest that Trump may have reset America's red line for military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons.

It is our goal "to see American troops come home, but we are not going to leave until we know we have accomplished those things", Haley said. The military said there were three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons "bunker" a few miles from the second target. He said Syria's air defenses were ineffective and that numerous more than 40 surface-to-air missiles fired by the Syrians were launched after the allied attack was over.

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