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More strikes in Syria will lead to global 'chaos': Putin warns Trump

16 April 2018

Stepping up the pressure on Assad, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said sanctions announced today would be aimed at sending a message to Russian Federation, which she said has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

Speaking to a group of visiting Russian politicians, he said the US, Britain and France had waged a campaign of "lies and misinformation" against Syria and its ally Russia.

Sen. Tim Kaine, also appearing on "Face the Nation", slammed the air strikes as illegal and reckless without approval from Congress.

Mrs May is due to give a Commons statement on Monday before facing questions from MPs.

"There's various intel, and I won't speak to that", she said.

Syria was subject to a tripartite attack by the U.S., the United Kingdom and France on April 14, with the aggressors launching over 100 missiles at targets across the Arab state.

Parliament, which returned Monday after a spring break, was not consulted about the action.

This was dismissed by cabinet minister David Lidington, who told ITV there were "no plans" to change the law.

"You are not only placing yourselves above worldwide law, but you are trying to re-write global law", Nebenzia said.

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Several other passengers were also wounded by the attack Saturday on the convoy that left the town of Douma under a Russia-brokered evacuation deal, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"That surely would save a lot of lives".

The leader of Hezbollah, the Lebonon-based, Iranian-backed militant group, said the strikes have strained global relations and could totally "torpedo" United Nations peace talks in Geneva.

Downing Street published its legal case for its part in the strikes, stating that the action was legally justified on humanitarian grounds.

Boris Johnson confirmed that the United Kingdom is bracing for a Russian reaction to the attack during his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday. The majority of the more than 350,000 victims of the seven-year conflict have been killed by conventional rather than chemical weapons. Eight countries opposed condemnation while four abstained.

In New Hampshire, Senator Maggie Hassan issued a statement which included, "It is critical that the President present the American people with a consistent and comprehensive strategy, for Syria that includes a path to a post-Assad political solution that addresses the continued support of Russian Federation and Iran for the brutal dictator".

The MoD added the facility was located "some distance" from "concentrations of civilian habitation", and the risk of contamination to the surrounding area had been minimised.

Russian president Vladimir Putin said the military strikes violated the UN Charter and that if they continue, "it will inevitably entail chaos in global relations", according to a Kremlin statement.

Diplomats said negotiations on the draft resolution would begin on Monday and it was not immediately clear when the United States, France and Britain wanted to put it to a vote.

More strikes in Syria will lead to global 'chaos': Putin warns Trump