Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that the United States will place more sanctions on Russian Federation this week related to its support for Syria's chemical weapons program.
She spoke after the USA led an air-and-sea missile attack overnight Friday on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in response to his purported March 7 chemical attack on civilians, in the country's years-long civil war.
Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now in Damascus and are expected to visit Douma this weekend.
McCain said the message to Assad must be that the cost of using chemical weapons is worse than any perceived benefit. "A pinpointed, limited action to punish and hopefully deter Assad from doing this again is appropriate, but the administration has to be careful about not getting us into a greater and more involved war in Syria", said Senate Minority Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer. "This is a debate that must take place in Congress immediately, and we should be clear that the President has exceeded the authority afforded to him by the Constitution", she added.
"It's illegal because he didn't come and ask permission", he said.
Russia denounced allegations of a gas attack in Douma and said it was staged by Britain to whip up anti-Russian hysteria.
"I say to the foreign secretary, I say to the prime minister, where is the legal basis for this?" "The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons".
The Kremlin said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone and agreed that the Western airstrikes were an "illegal action. adversely impacting prospects for political settlement in Syria".
The ministry reported that a total of 100 cruise and air-to-surface missiles had been fired (while 59 missiles were fired at the Shayrat Airbase last year), majority were shot down by Syria's air defense units upon approaching their targets. Are we staying there now to topple Assad, to counter Iran, to check Russian Federation, to help the Kurds, to buttress Israel, to rebuild our relationships with Turkey?
The United States, Britain and France have all participated in the Syrian conflict for years, arming rebels, bombing Islamic State fighters and deploying troops to fight the militants. But they have refrained from targeting Assad's government, apart from a volley of USA missiles past year. Francis last Sunday said "nothing can justify" the use of chemical weapons and called for negotiations.
Sarin had previously appeared to be the threshold for intervention.
The Pentagon said the strikes targeted three facilities a scientific research center in the Damascus area, allegedly linked to the production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology; a chemical weapons storage facility west of Homs; and a chemical weapons equipment storage facility and key command post, also west of Homs.