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Ruble Fluctuates as Russia Awaits Fresh US Sanctions on Syria

Ruble Fluctuates as Russia Awaits Fresh US Sanctions on Syria Ruble Fluctuates as Russia Awaits Fresh US Sanctions on Syria
Patty Aguilar | 17 April, 2018, 02:23

The announcement of new sanctions comes shortly after the US, Britain, and France conducted "precision strikes" in Syria on Friday in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack that reportedly killed dozens, many of them children, in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma.

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.

A day before a team from the global chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj.

OPCW inspectors arrived in Damascus on Saturday and had planned to head to Douma, on the outskirts of the capital, on Monday.

A team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is in Syria to investigate the Douma incident and was expected to visit the town.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the team's arrival was hampered by the weekend airstrikes.

"If you look at what Russian Federation is doing, they continue to be involved with all the wrong actors, whether their involvement in Ukraine, whether you look at how they are supporting Venezuela, whether you look in Syria and their way of propping up Assad and working with Iran, that continues to be a problem", Haley said, adding that the use of a poisoning agent against a spy in England is "another issue".

A team with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Damascus on Saturday at the invitation of the government to investigate the alleged chemical attack, which prompted USA -led strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities over the weekend.

A second USA official said targets were being carefully selected with the aim of damaging Assad's ability to conduct further gas attacks, while avoiding the risk of spreading poisonous fallout in civilian areas.

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"We are considering additional sanctions on Russian Federation and a decision will be made in the near future", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Monday.

She said, "You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down".

She said, "These strikes are about deterring the barbaric use of chemical weapons in Syria and beyond". 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.

Three sites were hit - the Barzeh complex, which the USA says is a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this. "But it was the world saying that we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made this clear on Monday as he arrived at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg, telling reporters: "I'm afraid the Syrian war will go on in its frightful, miserable way".

At least that's according to U.S. Ambassador Kenneth, who told members of a watchdog group that Russian officials were helping Syrian forces hide any evidence of the attack.

The other two were suspected chemical weapons facilities at Him Shinshar near Homs.

Britain has said there are no plans for future strikes against Syria, but Johnson warned Assad that all options would be considered if chemical weapons were used against Syrians again. The French Constitution bars presidents from going to parliament and President Emmanuel Macron will therefore not be questioned by lawmakers.

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