France urges Russian Federation to join peace push after Syria strike

France urges Russian Federation to join peace push after Syria strike

Inspectors from the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog met Syrian officials in Damascus on Monday but have so far been denied access to the former rebel stronghold where the alleged use of toxic substances provoked a US -led strike.

Another big unknown is how Russian Federation will react to Friday's strikes.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said "nothing is certain" when asked whether he believed the strikes would deter Syrian President Bashar Assad from using chemical weapons again. But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of USA missiles in 2017.

ยท From the French side, the strikes involved 12 cruise missiles, fighter jets and warships.

In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May told British lawmakers Monday that Syria, supported by Russian Federation, was trying to hide facts about the attack. He said: "We had well over 100 missiles".

It is still unclear how effective the strikes will be against Syria's regime.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said 105 missiles were launched by air and sea, all hitting their targets within minutes. The Pentagon later stated that "no Syrian weapon had any effect on Western strikes in Syria".

US warns more airstrikes on Syria are possible.

What was the result on the ground?

"Syria reiterated its full readiness to coordinate and to facilitate the delegation's work", he said, quoted by the official state agency SANA.

"I think the strikes were well targeted, and as such gold market impact will be minimal as it will be hard to justify a major retaliation", said a trader at a leading bullion bank.

The Barzah Research and Development Center in Damascus, Syria, before it was struck by coalition forces on Saturday.

Where does the evidence on the gas attack stand?

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Peter Wilson, the UK's OPCW envoy, has told the watchdog body that failure to act in Syria will cause "further barbaric use of chemical weapons".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons.

The Brookings Institution's Martin Indyk gave President Trump "three cheers" for "enforcing the line against Syrian chemical weapons use". President Donald Trump immediately said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would pay a "big price" and blamed both Russian Federation and Iran for supporting the Assad regime.

The US expressed concerns that Russian Federation may have tampered with evidence at the site. "But it was the world saying that we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons".

Trump exclaimed "Mission Accomplished" after the pre-dawn strikes that lit up the sky around Damascus in a tweet that drew swift derision from his critics and parallels with president George W. Bush's notoriously premature Iraq war victory speech on an aircraft carrier 15 years ago.

The "mission has not been accomplished", said Suzanne Akhras, president of the Syrian Community Network.

"And we can not wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he strongly supported the US, UK and France's airstrikes.

The Pentagon repeated Saturday that the President has the authority under the Constitution to defend USA interests, but what happens next is up to the Assad regime and Russian Federation.

Damascus and its ally Moscow say the allegations of a chemical attack are "fabrications". "But be very clear, if we leave, when we leave, it will be because we know that everything is moving forward".

Assad's allies, including Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah group, also condemned the strikes.

"The team has not yet deployed to Douma", two days after arriving in Syria, Mr Uzumcu told an executive council of the OPCW in The Hague. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "will still continue to bomb his people, to gas his people".

In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement.

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