Oil, gold to gain on Western strike on Syria

Nellie Chapman
April 16, 2018

The United States will impose new economic sanctions against Russian Federation on Monday over its continuing support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

"You will see that Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said on CBS News' Face the Nation. "And I think it's not only reasonable but necessary to point out that we do not view those as constructive contributions".

" It represents the will of this overwhelming majority of people to the Security Council, for example China, so over the next few weeks and days, we will be chasing this using the secretary overall and people visit the Russians to return in to the worldwide fold and help us resolve this battle", she clarified Sunday.

"We did not do any coordination with Russian Federation on these strikes, and neither did we pre-notify them", Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday night.

The White House countered the Post's story, with spokesman Raj Shah telling the paper, "while we would like to work with Russian Federation, when faced with their malign activities on the worldwide stage, the president will hold them accountable".

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.

Russian Federation on Saturday called USA airstrikes on Syria "treacherous and insane" and a "clear and present danger to world peace".

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Russian Federation and its ally Syria called the attack fabricated and said no evidence of chemical weapons use exists in Douma. The strikes targeted a research facility near the Syrian capital of Damascus and suspected chemical weapons storage facilities near Homs.

Britain argued that the strikes were "both right and legal" to alleviate humanitarian suffering from repeated use of toxic gas in attacks in Syria's seven-year war.

Ryabkov said Moscow was discussing what he called Washington's abuse of the dollar's status as the global reserve currency, according to RIA news agency.

According to the administration source, on March 24, Trump's aides explained to him that the United States "would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil", The Washington Post wrote.

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.

On Friday, President Donald Trump launched what he described as "precision" missile strikes against Syria, in a joint operation with the United Kingdom and France.

Information for this article was contributed by Carol Morello and Liz Sly of The Washington Post; by Bassem Mroue, Sarah El Deeb, Hope Yen, Robert Burns, Edith M. Lederer, Angela Charlton, Jim Heintz and staff members of The Associated Press; and by Mark Niquette, Saleha Mohsin, Ben Brody and Ari Natter of Bloomberg News.

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