Trump felt misled, angry over expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats

Postado Abril 16, 2018

Amrita Sen from Energy Aspects said that in spite of Middle Eastern tensions and looming new U.S. sanctions on Iran, oil had outperformed most expectations this year and may have rallied too far too fast.

Assad denies he has used chemical weapons, and the USA has yet to present evidence of what it says led to the allied action: a chlorine gas attack on civilians in Douma on April 7 that killed more than 40 people.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Monday the government was discussing possible measures to support Russian companies hit by new USA sanctions, RIA said.

The resolution involves stopping the chemical weapon program and using the stockpiles destroyed, a replica of hostilities and compliance with all Security Council resolutions, having the Assad regimen go back to Geneva talks and accountability for the use of the firearms along with other war offenses in Syria.

Russian Federation has denied involvement, and on Saturday also condemned strikes against Syria by Western powers, which Britain took part in.

On Friday night, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to the alleged chemical incident in the Damascus' suburb of Duma.

President Donald Trump said a US-led missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program was "perfectly carried out". This was playing with fire after Russia - Syria's strongest ally - had warned that a missile attack would be met with force by Moscow, raising fears of a straight fight between the United States and Russia.

"Assad knew that Russian Federation had its back, Assad knew that Russian Federation would cover for them at the United Nations, and Assad got reckless, and he used it in a way that was far more aggressive", Haley said on "Fox News Sunday".

Russian Federation and its ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use exists in Douma.

The Washington Post reported that Trump explained to administration officials that the US would "match" the number of expulsions doled out by European allies in the wake of a chemical attack on an ex-Russian spy living in the United Kingdom.

Senior members of the lower house of parliament have said they are considering legislation to give the Kremlin powers to ban or restrict a list of USA imports. "This is not about trying to turn the tide of the conflict in Syria", he told the BBC, adding that Russian Federation was the only country able to pressure Assad to negotiate an end to the conflict.

The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon said Sunday that Western airstrikes on their ally, Syria, have complicated prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict.

A draft resolution circulated by the three countries and obtained late Saturday by The Associated Press would condemn all use of chemical weapons, especially the April 7 attack in Douma. Moscow has also tempered its tone, saying only that "there will be consequences". What happens next, she said, is up to Assad and to his Russian and Iranian allies.

Asked about Trump's "Mission Accomplished" assertion, White said it pointed to the successful targeting of the three Syrian chemical weapons sites.