Russian Federation claims Syira chemical attack was staged by United Kingdom

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement about Syria at the White House in Washington U.S

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, speaking Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation", said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will announce new sanctions against Russia Monday that "go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment" related to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and his chemical weapons.

In an interview for BBC's Hardtalk, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: "I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site".

Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday said the military strikes on Syria were not about regime change, but about sending a clear message that the worldwide community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons.

Earlier, Britain's delegation to the OPCW accused Russian Federation and the Syrian government of preventing the worldwide watchdog's inspectors from reaching Douma. A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is expected to head to Douma, the site of the suspected attack.

"Unfettered access essential. Russia & Syria must cooperate", tweeted the account of the British team with the OPCW, expressing concern that access to Douma was being denied.

A second USA official said targets were being carefully selected with the aim of damaging Assad's ability to conduct further gas attacks, while avoiding the risk of spreading poisonous fallout in civilian areas.

But soon after Mr Macron's comments, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said an early exit was still desirable.

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"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said. "We are open for those contacts, they help to understand each other better", Lavrov said. The Russian vetoes have been one of the main irritants in strained relations between Washington and Moscow, with Western diplomats accusing Russia of trying to protect the Assad government.

"The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made this clear on Monday as he arrived at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg, telling reporters: "I'm afraid the Syrian war will go on in its frightful, miserable way". Relief organisations say dozens of men, women and children were killed.

Alongside sanctions expected on Monday, the USA has launched strikes against Syria alongside the United Kingdom and France, with more than 100 missiles launched at three targets on Friday in a move Trump tweeted about on Saturday suggesting that the strikes meant it was "mission accomplished" in Syria.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, which fights alongside the Syrian army, said the USA military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would bring retaliation from Damascus and its allies and inflame the region.

It is barred from having, storing or using nerve agents, and while it is permitted to possess chlorine for civilian uses, is banned from using that chemical as a weapon.

The United States, Britain and France fired more than 100 missiles at three alleged chemical weapons facilities on Friday, angering the Syrian regime's military backer Moscow, which threatened to retaliate. The French Constitution bars presidents from going to parliament and President Emmanuel Macron will therefore not be questioned by lawmakers.

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