Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Oil, gold to gain on Syrian strikes, Russian retaliation in focus

Vassily Nebenzia Vassily Nebenzia
Melinda Barton | 16 April, 2018, 12:39

Trump said the strikes were meant to deter the use of chemical weapons like the attack on civilians in the Syrian town of Douma last week, and that the US was prepared to continue the attacks until the Syrian regime stops using chemical weapons.

Russia's ambassador to the United States said there would be consequences for the military strikes, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president.

The Russian embassy in US wasted no time in reacting to the strikes late Friday in the USA, with Ambassador Anatoly Antonov saying on Twitter, "The worst apprehensions have come true".

"Once again, we demand an immediate stop to aggression and refrain from the illegal use of force in the future", he said. "We warned that such actions would not be left without consequences".

“It was palpable, the fear, ” said Vladimir Frolov, an independent foreign-policy analyst in Moscow.

Syrian government air defenses shot down at least a dozen missiles over the Damascus area, Syrian state media reported.

Putin also called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

The attack also comes just hours before experts from the UN Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were scheduled to visit Douma on Saturday to determine whether chemical weapons had indeed been used there.

Ryabkov was speaking after Western powers launched missile strikes against Syria, a close ally of Russian Federation, over a suspected poison gas attack.

"The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said.

But the pinpoint strike did not deter Assad and USA officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have since investigated as many as 10 suspected chemical attacks.

Speaking from the White House late Friday, US President Donald Trump said the three nations had "marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality". The Syrian government said it would facilitate the mission's investigation.

Syria's air defence system, which mostly consists of systems made in the Soviet Union, has intercepted 71 of the missiles fired on Saturday by the US, British and French forces, he added.