Russia MP warns of tit-for-tat steps if United States strike Syria

The Latest: Russia: 'We will never bend under ultimatums'

The Latest: Russia: 'We will never bend under ultimatums'

The combined net worth of the country's wealthiest people fell by $16 billion Monday - erasing all of their year-to-year gains - following last week's US -imposed sanctions.

"We have very strong and close allies and partners in the United Kingdom", she said. "History will record that on this day, Russian Federation chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people".

"Unfortunately, Russia has chosen the Assad regime again over the unity of this council", she went on.

Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog called Russia's veto a "tragic déjà vu". Britain and its allies expelled more than 150 Russian diplomats from their countries in retaliation for the poisoning, the first known use of a chemical weapon in Europe since World War II. Russian Federation has trashed the credibility of the council.

A second Russian resolution that only supported the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons fact-finding mission in Syria also failed to pass. She said "the incident in Salisbury was part of a pattern of Russian aggression against Europe and its near neighbors, from the western Balkans to the Middle East".

Lavrov added that Moscow wanted to help with trilateral projects alongside both North and South Korea "as far as (Seoul) are ready for such cooperation".

The harshest United States penalties on Russian Federation yet have left investors guessing about future targets, spurring them to unload long positions built up in rouble assets over recent months.


To effectively neutralize Mr. Assad's ability to deploy weapons of mass destruction, Defense Secretary James Mattis will have to destroy Syrian aircraft, artillery, airfields, warehouses and stockpiles of chemical agents.

Adding to the tensions, Iran, a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, threatened to respond to an airstrike on a Syrian military base on Monday that the Syrian government, Russian Federation and Iran have blamed on Israel.

Earlier Tuesday, the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog said it was sending a fact-finding mission to the town of Douma, where the suspected chemical weapons attack took place, following a request from the Syrian government and its Russian backers that appeared to be aimed at averting punitive Western military action.

"History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria", she added.

Global equity markets rose for the fifth session in six and the Japanese yen fell on Tuesday as Chinese President Xi Jinping's promise to cut import tariffs eased investor concerns about an escalating trade spat between the United States and China.

Trump, asked at midday whether Russian President Vladimir Putin bore any responsibility for the weekend attack, responded, "He may, yeah, he may".

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