Russia gambles its debt is too popular for US to sanction

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China and Bolivia supported the Russian measure that would have condemned the aggression against Syria and demanded that the three allies refrain from any further strike.

When pressed, he acknowledged that some unspecified portion of Assad's chemical arms infrastructure was not targeted.

Russian Federation has military forces, including air defenses, in several areas of Syria to support President Bashar Assad in his long war against anti-government rebels.

But the three countries said the strikes were limited to Syria's chemical weapons capabilities and not aimed at toppling Assad or intervening in the civil war. Speaking from rebel-held northern Syria, Abdulrazek told The Associated Press there were perhaps 50 warehouses in Syria that stored chemical weapons before the program was dismantled in 2013.

On Sunday Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador at the United Nations, announced in an interview with CBS that the U.S.is imposing sanctions against Russian companies that have anything to do with Syrian president Assad and chemical weapons in Syria. Washington has said it has conclusive evidence the attack used chlorine gas, and suspects sarin nerve agent was also used although this was not confirmed.

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The comments came during a closed-door meeting at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, convened after an April 7 attack in the town of Douma, outside the Syrian capital, in which dozens of people were allegedly killed with poison gas. It later deployed another 5,000 security forces there.

"It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site".

Douma was the last rebel holdout in the eastern Ghouta suburbs, the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands.

In his televised address from the White House on Friday, Trump said the USA was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends a pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

"It was retaliation, not an act of war", Macron said on French TV channel BMF and online investigative site Mediapart.

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Marios Hadjikyriacos, investment analyst at XM, said risk sentiment was "not out of the woods just yet", saying: "Russia has yet to respond to the Syrian strike, while the US Treasury is reportedly preparing to unveil new sanctions against Moscow today".

The U.S.is Russia's sixth-largest trading partner. Russian Federation has pursued a separate track for political negotiations, hosting talks in Sochi.

But the vote at the end of an emergency meeting called by Russian Federation also demonstrated again the paralysis of the U.N.'s most powerful body in dealing with Syria's seven-year conflict.

Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said the allied airstrikes "took out the heart" of Assad's chemical weapons arsenal.

The German government has to assume that a cyber attack on its Foreign Ministry stemmed from Russia, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the broadcaster ZDF on Sunday.

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