US Will Announce New Sanctions on Russia After Syria Attack

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"Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the United States and its allies", Putin said in a statement published on the Kremlin Web site. Putin, in his condemnation Saturday of the airstrikes, called for an emergency U.N. Security Council session and described the assault as the latest in two decades of American-led interventions that, in the Kremlin's telling, have unwound the worldwide order.

Ambassador Antonov said: "Insulting the President of Russian Federation is unacceptable and inadmissible".

In early March, Gerasimov said they had intelligence about a "provocation" planned by rebel militants, engineered to accuse Syrian government troops of using chemical weapon in Eastern Ghouta. The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe".

The U.S. Treasury Department will announce fresh sanctions on Monday on Russian Federation related to its involvement in Syria's use of chemical weapons, U.S. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Sunday.

For now, Putin has limited his response to calling an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

However, she said that when it will take place has not yet been finalised. He was speaking a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said France had proof there was a chemical attack - also without revealing what that evidence was.

He called the alleged chemical attack in Douma a scripted play.

Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday that Western strikes on Syria came as the country had "a chance of a peaceful future".

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Speaking from the White House late Friday, US President Donald Trump said the three nations had "marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality".

Erdogan also told reporters on Friday that tensions between the two countries over a suspected chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma now seem to have eased.

Trump had also said last week that Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in Douma.

During his address, President Trump said USA forces were prepared to sustain this response "until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents" and issued a direct message to Russian Federation and Iran which he said are "most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime".

She noted that In 2017, Moscow "killed" a Joint Investigative Mechanism, which the United Nations established in 2015 to investigate and assign accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria.

Syrian opposition activists and medics say a suspected gas attack last week killed more than 40 people in Douma.

After the actual attack, U.N. Ambassador Nebenzia denied Russian Federation had any role in it and said the incident was only beneficial for the rebels. Moscow kept up its resistance on Friday.