United Kingdom and USA fight back against Russian 'aggression' in cyberspace

United Kingdom and USA fight back against Russian 'aggression' in cyberspace

Russian Federation has condemned US, UK and French strikes against targets in Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons as the Western allies argued they were essential to deter the future use of illegal munitions.

Another US official familiar with how the US intelligence is unfolding regarding the attack tells CNN that the initial intelligence assessment that a chemical agent was used was based on viewing the videos and comparing the shown physical effects with what is known about chlorine and nerve agents.

At the White House on Thursday, Trump discussed Syria with national security aides, including Mattis, Joints Chief of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford and US ambassador to the United States Nikki Haley. She also said that no country should use chemical weapons and go unpunished. "But on this occasion there is none".

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the strikes were a "one-time shot" and that no additional airstrikes were now planned. In a warning to the West against further strikes on Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said it is now considering arming Assad with Russian S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems for the first time.

Her Russian counterpart Vassily Nebenzia retorted that the U.S. and its allies were engaged in the "diplomacy of myth-making".

In contrast, Russian Federation has warned that such action may lead to a "dangerous" escalation.

The ruble has weakened 10 percent against the dollar in the past year, with much of the decline following the U.S.'s introduction of sanctions on dozens of Russian tycoons, companies and key allies of President Vladimir Putin.

She noted that In 2017, Moscow "killed" a Joint Investigative Mechanism, which the United Nations established in 2015 to investigate and assign accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria. In London I think it is possible the publication of compromising Moscow's response to the involvement of British armed forces in a missile strike on Syria.

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But, the official added, Trump believes that in order to be able to negotiate successfully with Putin, it is essential that he demonstrate he is willing to take a harder line in Syria. "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".

Mr Trump said that there was a deliberate attempt by these countries to devalue their currencies at a time of rising interest rates in America, suggesting the nations were deliberately attempting to derail the U.S. economy.

On Thursday, Russia's military said Douma has been brought under full control of the Syrian government under a Russia-mediated deal that secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces.

Witnesses and Western governments say helicopters dropped chemical bombs that killed many children and women hiding in cellars from bombardment.

The action followed a week of threats of retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, outside Damascus, where Syrian forces have always been battling rebels.

Tayyip Erdogan, president of Syria's neighbour Turkey which is also in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, said on Friday he had spoken by phone with Trump and Putin and told both that increasing tension in the region was not right. It "could be very soon or not so soon at all", he said. The limited character of the actual strike in the early hours of last Saturday, April 14 (local time), was greeted with a deep sigh of relief (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 14).

Global stock markets have had a whipsaw week, largely fuelled by Trump's tendency to change his mind over top policy issues.

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