Syria's allies say airstrikes undercut political resolution

Syria's allies say airstrikes undercut political resolution

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

The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering additional economic sanctions on Russian Federation over Moscow's support of the Syrian government following a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus, according to the White House.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the phrase "Mission Accomplished" to describe a U.S. -led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, even as his aides stressed continuing U.S. troop involvement and plans for new economic sanctions against Russian Federation for enabling the government of Bashar Assad.

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.

Former FBI Director James Comey, who was removed from his post by Trump, also compared the United States leader to a mafia boss in reality and said he was "morally unfit" to be president, stoking controversies.

Its fact-finding team reached Syria on Saturday, the day of the US-led airstrikes against Syrian government targets in response to the April 7 attack.

He spoke as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) watchdog held an urgent meeting.

The agency said survivors blamed the attack on the Army of Islam, the powerful rebel group that controlled the town before it was taken over by Syrian government forces this week.

But it is unclear how much capacity Syria retains to produce chemical weapons and whether the strikes chipped away at the government's political will to deploy them.

He reiterated that no chemical attack had happened in Douma.

"With the political and diplomatic actions that we re taking now, we wanted their friends Iran and Russian Federation to know that we meant business and that they were going to be feeling the pain from this as well", she said.

The country's foreign minister, Linas Linkevičius, said, "Only decisive action will make it possible to adjust the regime's policy and send a very clear message to those countries supporting Assad, Russia and Iran". In a reference to the USA, he said that "it would only benefit those who are protected by the ocean and expect to sit there and engage in continuous efforts to stir up the region in order to advance their geopolitical goals".

Reportedly, this is how they plan to "take revenge" for a strike on Syria, which caused the British troops, together with the United States and France on April 14.

Iran and Russian Federation should not allow the "fire of a new tension" to flare up in the region, Rouhani said, adding that the airstrikes were an "invasion" aimed at "emboldening defeated terrorists", IRNA reported.

It is barred from having, storing or using nerve agents, and while it is permitted to possess chlorine for civilian uses, is banned from using that chemical as a weapon.

"There was a sense that we couldn't be the only ones not to concede to reality", the Trump adviser said.