The Pentagon Says Strikes 'Crippled' Syria's Chemical Weapons Sites

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The two leaders agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in Syria, the news agencies reported.

Air strikes in Syria on Saturday by the United States, France and Britain might have degraded the chemical weapons capability of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, but they were also a reminder of the deepening vortex of a big-power proxy war.

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in worldwide relations", a Kremlin statement said.

Haley also said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will announce new sanctions against Russian Federation for its support for Syria's chemical weapons program Monday.

Shouts of "Allah, Syria, and only Bashar", a reference to Syrian President Bashar Assad rang out.

Late on Friday night in Washington, President Donald Trump addressed the nation, revealing that he had authorised strikes in Syria with the United Kingdom and France.

When asked whether Russian Federation was prepared to work with the proposals of Western countries at the UN, Ryabkov told TASS news agency: "Now the political situation is extremely tense, the atmosphere is extremely electrified, so I will not make any predictions".

Russian foreign ministry official Vladimir Ermakov said Washington would want to maintain a dialogue with Moscow about strategic stability after the raids, Russian media reported.

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"I'm sure this strike, which was a tactical and surgical success, has been a setback" for the Assad regime, Brennan said.

The attack on 7 April prompted military strikes on Syrian government targets by the US, UK, and France a week later.

The Western countries blame Assad for the Douma attack that killed dozens of people. Moscow condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for the OPCW's findings before attacking.

He was speaking to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by telephone the day after US-led strikes on suspected chemical weapons facilities.

In a separate interview, Haley told CBS News that new sanctions against Russian Federation, which has forces in Syria supporting the Assad regime, would be announced Monday that would "go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use".

"This is not about regime change". Asked about reports of the missile attack, an Israeli military spokesman said: "We don't comment on such reports".

"We of course know that our work in Syria is not done", Haley said.

"From the point of view of the president, this was aggression and we share this position", Sergei Zheleznyak, a Russian MP, was quoted as saying by the state TASS news agency.

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