Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Envoy to Moscow: US contacted Russian Federation before invading Syria to avoid casualities

Envoy to Moscow: US contacted Russian Federation before invading Syria to avoid casualities

The United States will place more sanctions on Russian Federation this week related to its support for Syria's chemical weapons program, according to Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations.

A team of experts from global watchdog the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was traveling to Syria and will start its investigations into the Douma incident on Saturday, the Netherlands-based agency said. And he doubts that sanctions against Russian Federation will move the needle.

His choice of words recalled a similar claim associated with President George W. Bush following the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

The nighttime Syria assault was carefully limited to minimize civilian casualties and avoid direct conflict with Syria's key ally, Russia, but confusion arose over the extent to which Washington warned Moscow in advance.

"In Syria, we see confrontations and proxy wars involving several national armies, a number of armed opposition groups, many national and worldwide militia, foreign fighters from everywhere in the world, and various terrorist organizations", he said. You may WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502.

By contrast, eight countries voted against the Russian draft - the U.S., U.K., France, Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Poland and Ivory Coast.

"All (the U.S.) has achieved by arming the mainly jihadist opposition is the increase of Assad's dependence on Iran and Russia", Glass said.

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"The last time the United States launched a missile attack against the Shayrat airfields (in April 2017), it really did not put a dent into Syria's chemical weapons arsenal or air forces", Piazza said.

Trump has singled out Russian President Vladimir Putin for his support of Assad, as well as Iran.

While for now no significant new USA sanctions seem likely -limiting Russian market losses after last week's sharp declines - in Moscow, lawmakers are starting Monday to discuss a draft law with counter-measures against the US.

Valery Solovei, a political scientist at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations, which trains Russia's diplomats, said "I think, yes, this is the end. We thank them both", Trump added.

Russian military said later Syrian air defense units downed 71 out of 103 cruise missiles launched by U.S. and its allies.

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", he said. The move was part of a joint Russian-U.S. deal that averted military action threatened by then-president Barack Obama.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he had persuaded Trump to commit long-term to Syria.

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U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Ward levied the accusation against Russian Federation during a closed-door meeting at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

"Saying that it has been a success, we won't know until we see whether the regime continues to use chemical weapons", King said on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.

Hours later, the Russian embassy in Damascus said no Russians were known to have been hurt in the overnight airstrike.

Even for Russia Large Cap ETFs, which have been more heavily affected by sanctions given their higher exposure to large oil and gas companies and are down 0.3% over the year (see chart below), overall sales have also remained positive over the year and the month to date, sitting at €689 million and €10.7 million, respectively.

The White House, mired in controversies, is not likely to pursue Assad too aggressively, Piazza said.

Expected key subjects of conversation at the summit include perceived Iranian meddling in Arab affairs, such as in the civil war in Yemen and in supporting Shiite fights in Iraq. The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the U.S., France and Britain. Putin said such actions will inevitably lead to "chaos" in worldwide relations, according to a readout released by the Kremlin. "We can not no longer tolerate the trivialization of the use of chemical weapons which presents an immediate danger to the Syrian people and to our collective security". They also called the attack an impediment to peace.

She hit back on critics who argue the USA didn't go far enough because it had other interests in the war-torn nation.

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