U.S. says no decision yet on fresh Russian Federation sanctions

More sanctions against Russia to be announced on Monday- Haley

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"It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site", U.S. ambassador Ken Ward told emergency talks of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. He didn't elaborate or name the state.

The country's foreign minister, Linas Linkevičius, said, "Only decisive action will make it possible to adjust the regime's policy and send a very clear message to those countries supporting Assad, Russia and Iran".

Trump made clear in his eight-minute television address that he is wary of a deeper entanglement in Syria, where about 2,000 US troops have been deployed to fight Islamic State. The Kremlin readout said that Putin warned against rushing to blame the Syrian government before conducting a "thorough and objective probe".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters today in Luxembourg ahead of an European Union meeting with foreign ministers that the air strikes are to tell Syria enough is enough.

The new sanctions concerned 17 Russian officials, businessmen, 12 private and 2 state companies.

The website noted that the top single web page being promoted was a link to a report on Russia's claim that the Skripals were poisoned with a different toxin to the one identified by the independent chemical weapons watchdog last week. Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Lavrov reiterated a strong warning to the West against military action in Syria, saying any such "adventures" in Syria would increase flows of refugees into Europe. In a reference to the US, he said that "it would only benefit those who are protected by the ocean and expect to sit there and engage in continuous efforts to stir up the region in order to advance their geopolitical goals". The move was part of a joint Russian-U.S. deal that averted military action threatened by then-president Barack Obama.

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"We are seeing the ruble devalued about 10 percent over the last several weeks", he says. "I spoke to the president this morning, and he said, 'If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is "locked and loaded."' When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line". Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

Further, the bots spread news that the alleged chemical attack was a "false flag" operation by the White Helmets rescue volunteer group. The Dutch government said it understood the motive for the raids but did not support them because they were not backed by a security council resolution, Blok said.

"The team has not yet deployed to Douma", OPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement. British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron said the United Kingdom and France had joined in the attack. "Therefore allegations of this towards Russian Federation are groundless", Peskov said.

Syrian flags flew in Douma on Monday, security forces stood on street corners and Russian military police patrolled the streets.

At least six loud explosions were heard in Damascus in the early hours of Saturday and smoke was seen rising over the Syrian capital, a Reuters witness said.

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