Russian support for Syria and Assad exposes Putin to more US sanction

Syria civil warIn a fresh turn of events, White House is considering imposing fresh sanctions on Russia, just days after the US, UK and France collectively attacked Syria for its chemical weapon programme. “We are considering additional sanctions on Russia and a decision will be made in the near future,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Meanwhile, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the sanctions would target those who were enabling Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s government to continue using chemical weapons. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faced worldwide criticism for an alleged chemical attack involving chlorine gas on April 7 in the suburb of Douma. Following the chemical attack, on April 14, the US, UK and France dropped more than 100 bombs near Syrian capital on targets believed to be associated with manufacturing or harbouring chemical weapons. Russia did not directly retaliate to the joint military action and later said in a statement that no missile entered the airspace controlled by the Russian forces in Syria. Here are the top 10 developments in the Syrian conflict and the likelihood of the US imposing fresh sanctions on Russia for supporting Syria: 1) PM May legitimises Syria strike back home: British Prime Minister Theresa May defended the action in British parliament and said to the MPs that it was “legally and morally right” for the UK to join air strikes against the Syrian regime to prevent “further human suffering”. She told MPs on Monday there was “clear evidence” the Assad government was behind the Douma chemical weapons attack But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the action was “legally questionable”. 2) Merkel and Erdogan discuss Syria over phone call: Angela Merkel, German Chancellor and the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Syria situation and the possible political process there. Spokesperson of the German federal government, Steffen Seibert said at a press conference that the two leaders agreed on telephone call that the situation was particularly urgent, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read: US, allies attack Syria; Iran warns of regional consequences: Top updates Merkel and Erdogan also exchanged views on the possibilities of promoting the political process in Syria, according to Seibert, who added the two leaders also discussed bilateral relations. 3) OPCW team to reach Douma today: Chemical watchdog OPCW team is expected in the Syrian town of Douma today to investigate the alleged chemical attack by the Syrian Regime on April 7.
Source: Business Standard