Russian Federation may have tampered with chemical attack site, United States envoy says

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The British envoy to the OPCW said it had recorded 390 allegations of the use of banned chemicals in Syria since 2014, and that a failure by the OPCW to act risked allowing "further barbaric use of chemical weapons".

"Russia has never supplied any dual-use technologies, these United States statements are another fake and deception", Serebrennikov said.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced today against Russian Federation for enabling the government of Syrian leader Bashar Assad to continue using chemical weapons.

The ambassador to the UN said Russian Federation has blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, while signs emerged that Moscow and Washington wanted to pull back from the worst crisis in their relations for years. The US ambassador in Moscow, John Huntsman, said in a video, "Before we took action, the United States communicated with" Russia to 'reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties'. Each Britain and France engaged in the strikes, which struck at Advancement Heart and the Barzah Investigation outside Damascus and two weapons storage centers.

At the meeting, the fifth in a week on chemical weapons in Syria, Russia and its supporters again clashed with the USA and its allies over a suspected poison gas attack on April 7 in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

Britain argued that the strikes were "both right and legal" to alleviate humanitarian suffering from repeated use of toxic gas in attacks in Syria's seven-year war.

"It ended up being a very measured attack", said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital Management in NY.

And she said President Donald Trump told her Saturday morning that if the Syrian regime uses poisonous gas again "the United States is locked and loaded" to strike again.

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on U.S. television on April 15 that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would announce the new sanctions on April 16.

Reports earlier this week claimed that the USA military would notify its Russian counterparts of potential targets before a strike.

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.

"I can really confirm that the sanctions are to be imposed on Russia without any link to reality", she said on Russian television.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France wants to launch a diplomatic initiative over Syria that would include Western powers, Russian Federation and Turkey.

"And what's most important is no one contests that the use of chemical weapons can not be tolerated and must be deterred", he said.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group that has hundreds of fighters backing Assad's forces, said the airstrikes failed to "terrorize or break the spirits" of Syria and its allies.

Information for this article was contributed by Carol Morello and Liz Sly of The Washington Post; by Bassem Mroue, Sarah El Deeb, Hope Yen, Robert Burns, Edith M. Lederer, Angela Charlton, Jim Heintz and staff members of The Associated Press; and by Mark Niquette, Saleha Mohsin, Ben Brody and Ari Natter of Bloomberg News.

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