Haley says new sanctions coming on Russian Federation

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Russian Federation has been criticised for vetoing an inquiry into alleged chemical weapons attacks in Douma and obstructing the work of the Hague-based Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), but Blok said sanctioning Moscow would be counterproductive.

Russia's deputy foreign minister said the delay was due to United States air strikes.

On CBS's "Face the Nation", Haley said the Treasury Department will announce the new sanctions and insisted the United States has sent "a strong message" about the use of chemical weapons.

Inspectors from the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) travelled to Syria last week to inspect the site, but have yet to gain access to Douma, which is now under government control after the rebels withdrew.

The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago.

Washington has said it had proof that Syrian forces conducted a deadly chemical weapons attack on April 7, although a visit by chemical weapons inspectors to the suspected attack site was delayed on Monday. While some investors are pointing to rising oil prices as a reason to buy assets of the world's biggest energy producer, others warn that Russia's deteriorating relations with the West create too much uncertainty about how far US penalties will go.

But soon after Mr Macron's comments, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said an early exit was still desirable.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on Sunday announced the sanctions and President Donald Trump's commitment to staying involved in the Syria crisis, hours before French President Emmanuel Macron took credit for helping turn around Trump's plan to withdraw U.S. troops.

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Russian lawmaker Dmitry Sablin, who met with Assad, said he appeared upbeat and believed the airstrikes would unify the country.

Mr Lavrov said that the "deconfliction channel" to prevent a clash between United States and Russian forces had done its job and a confrontation had not been close.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied that Moscow had interfered with any evidence: "I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site", he told the BBC in an interview. Konashenkov released statements by medics from Douma's hospital, who said a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients were struck with chemical weapons, dousing them with water and causing panic.

"Chemical weapons were used on Syrian men, women, and children in #Douma".

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".

"What (Trump) has done is talked to our allies and said they need to step up more".

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, which fights alongside the Syrian army, said the USA military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would bring retaliation from Damascus and its allies and inflame the region.

The website noted that the top single web page being promoted was a link to a report on Russia's claim that the Skripals were poisoned with a different toxin to the one identified by the independent chemical weapons watchdog last week. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, has questioned the legal basis for Britain's involvement. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday will respond to their criticism in a debate in parliament on Monday afternoon.

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