Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Russian Federation will cope with latest round of United States sanctions - PM

Russian Federation will cope with latest round of United States sanctions - PM Russian Federation will cope with latest round of United States sanctions - PM
Melinda Barton | 11 April, 2018, 20:53

In November, Russia blocked the renewal of the independent panel investigating chemical weapons in Syria, and British Ambassador Karen Pierce reminded the council that Tuesday's vote marked Russia's sixth veto related to chemical weapons in Syria.

Moments earlier, Nebenzia had accused Washington of trying to block an impartial investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Douma, warning that actions taken by the USA and its allies "should worry us, all of us, greatly, because we could find ourselves on the threshold of some very sad and serious events". Or perhaps even worse given that Trump isn't publicly laying out a broad strategy of how to solve the problems surrounding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but rather previewing actual missile launches?

"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria", Trump tweeted.

High ranking North Korean officials have been engaged in a flurry of worldwide diplomacy in recent weeks with the possibility of a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Ahead of the vote, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said "this resolution is the bare minimum that the council can do to respond to the attack" on Saturday. "Stop the arms race?" he tweeted Wednesday.

After warning Monday of "grave repercussions" of USA military action, the Russian ambassador urged the United States to "come to your senses" and refrain from ordering strikes on Syria.

The OPCW has said the team of experts will deploy to Syria shortly. A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the the lead, could send a message of worldwide unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons and counter Syria's political and military support from Russian Federation and Iran.

While not indicating whether he plans to seek Mueller's removal, Trump again said prosecutors are acting unfairly because they know there is no evidence he worked with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Russia's national currency slightly recovered Tuesday from heavy losses earlier in the day and on Monday, trading down some 2 percent as investors continued a sell-off amid a new round of USA sanctions on some oligarchs and their assets. The Syrian government denies responsibility. Trump had on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the Syria attack was established. He said any action would "target chemical weapons" stocks.

Russian Federation has presented a third draft resolution that would support an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, but would not create a mechanism to identify the perpetrators of chemical attacks. Russian military officials are likely concerned that the USA will retaliate against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians over the weekend.

Qatar hosts the United States' main air operations centre for the Middle East, which would co-ordinate any American air attack in Syria. It was not immediately clear whether that visit might affect any US or allied military action.