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Russian Federation may have tampered with chemical attack site, U.S. envoy says

Syria attack Vladimir Putin GETTYMany fear that Russia could take revenge after the US-led airstrikes in Syria
Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2018, 23:40

Moscow brokered that agreement to forestall US strikes in retaliation for an August 2013 chemical-weapons attack in a Damascus suburb that killed hundreds.

The 28 ministers endorsed the missile strikes and considered steps to deepen Assad's isolation.

The White House said that despite events in Syria and the poisoning of a spy on British soil, Trump still wanted to sit down with Putin.

The night time assault on Syria was carefully limited to minimise civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Russian Federation, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

The United States, Britain and France fired more than 100 missiles at three alleged chemical weapons facilities on Friday, angering the Syrian regime's military backer Moscow, which threatened to retaliate.

It also calls for unfettered access to the town of Douma, the site of the chemical weapons attack that triggered the western retaliation, which OPCW inspectors were barred from visiting on Monday by Russian Federation and Syrian regime for "security reasons".

Russian Federation into a recent poison gas attack in Douma, Syria, as well as a joint investigation by the United Nations and the OPWC to find out who was behind the attack.

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after US, French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defences.

Medical aid groups and the White Helmets rescue organisation have said such statements - already aired on state television in recent days - were made under duress.

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GETTYRussia is set to call an emergency UN Security Council meeting over the air strikes

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.

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 terrible, miserable way".

Russia and Iran called the use of force by the U.S. and its French and British allies a "military crime" and 'act of aggression.' The UN Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the aggression by the three Western allies.

U.S. President Donald Trump said the strikes had accomplished their aim of undermining efforts by the Syrian government to produce and use chemical weapons again in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

"I would like to believe that we will not see a day that is worse than today", he said.

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

The allies could not wait "to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks", according to excerpts of her speech.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, has questioned the legal basis for Britain's involvement.

These deliberations may include a new draft resolution submitted at the UN Security Council on Monday, sponsored by the US, France, and Britain - the three countries that carried out the missile strikes on Saturday to punish Mr Al Assad for the use of chemical weapons. The French Constitution bars presidents from going to parliament and President Emmanuel Macron will therefore not be questioned by law-makers.

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