Russian Federation says USA will want dialogue after Syria strikes -agencies

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Around 75 people, including children, were killed in the Douma assault, United Kingdom officials said, while 500 people were treated in the attack's aftermath with symptoms consistent with chemical weapons exposure, the World Health Organization reported.

Haley also said that although "it is all of our goal to see American troops come home", the United States won't leave Syria before accomplishing President Donald Trump's three major goals: eliminating the threat of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, defeating ISIS "completely and wholly", and making "sure that we had good grounds to watch what Iran was doing". He didn't elaborate or name the state.

European Union foreign ministers threatened similar measures. "Russia and Syria must cooperate".

In an interview published Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Moscow "should join our efforts to promote a political process in Syria that would allow a way out of the crisis". Russian officials - both from Moscow and speaking at the United Nations - alleged quickly after Saturday's suspected attack that the images of the victims in Douma were fake.

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.

Three sites were hit - the Barzeh complex, which the USA says is a centre for development, production and testing of chemical and biological weapons, although Syria denies this. 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".

She added that Russian Federation is feeling the effects of U.S. actions including "the sanctions that are continuing to happen, which you'll see again on Monday".

Traders are reassessing their options after the harshest us sanctions to data sent the ruble tumbling the most since 2015 last week.

The US, France and the United Kingdom responded to the suspected attack by launching missiles on Saturday that they said targeted Syrian chemical weapons production facilities. Syria's civil war, which began as a popular uprising against Assad, is now in its eighth year.

The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. 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 British ambassador Peter Wilson said Syria and Russian Federation were unable to guarantee inspectors' safety causing their trip to Douma to be delayed.

Russian officials have claimed that the Douma attack was staged to distract the public from a supposed lack of clarity about who poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salibsury in March.

The agency said survivors blamed the attack on the Army of Islam, the powerful rebel group that controlled the town before it was taken over by Syrian government forces this week.

Douma was the last rebel holdout in the eastern Ghouta suburbs, the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands.

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