Oil, gold to gain on Syria strikes; Russian retaliation in focus


The US' keenness to strike stemmed from its charge that the Syrian government had attacked a rebel-held enclave within the country with chemical weapons, killing about 50 people, and the West says it draws the line at chemical weapons, whose use is banned in global law.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced on Sunday that the USA will imminently impose a new rounds of sanctions on Russian Federation.

The resolution involves stopping the chemical weapon program and using the stockpiles destroyed, a replica of hostilities and compliance with all Security Council resolutions, having the Assad regimen go back to Geneva talks and accountability for the use of the firearms along with other war offenses in Syria.

"I think everyone is going to feel it at this point", she added. "I think everyone knows that we sent a strong message, and our hope is that they listen to it".

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Moscow had been informed of the looming sanctions.

She further said that Russian companies dealing with the Assad government would be directly targeted. In a statement, she said: "The US mission has not changed - the President has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible".

Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared.

Assad on Sunday appeared briefly on state TV meeting with visiting Russian lawmakers, telling them the strikes were accompanied by a campaign of "lies and misinformation" against Syria and Russia in the U.N. Security Council.

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Moscow brokered that agreement to forestall US strikes in retaliation for an August 2013 chemical-weapons attack in a Damascus suburb that killed hundreds.

Russian Federation and Syria also clashed with the three Western allies over the legality of the airstrikes and responsibility for the Security Council's paralysis.

President Donald Trump warned Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week that missiles would be coming to Syria.

Guterres said he has asked Syrian special envoy Staffan de Mistura to come to NY as soon as possible to consult "on the most effective way to accelerate the political process".

In his televised address from the White House on Friday, Trump said the U.S. was prepared to keep up the economic, diplomatic and military pressure on Assad until he ends a pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.

Syria, however, is interpreting the airstrikes as a victory for Assad, arguing that the limited scope of the strikes suggests that Western powers do not intend to challenge his rule.

Russian military police had been deployed in Douma, raising complaints from the Syrian opposition that evidence of chemical weapons use might no longer be found.

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