Is the world headed for a new Cold War?

Is the world headed for a new Cold War?

Syrians gather in a central square in Damascus on April 16.

Russian Federation and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its French and British allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

"When you look at what Russia has done, not just in this country, in Salisbury, attacks on TV stations, on the democratic processes, on critical national infrastructure - of course we have to be very, very cautious indeed", Johnson said on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, when asked about the possibility that Russian could launch cyber-attacks on the National Health Service or electricity grid.

Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are in the capital, Damascus - but have been waiting to begin their inspection.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters on Saturday the strikes "successfully hit every target".

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also justified the military action in a speech Monday to the National Assembly, France's lower house of parliament.

The inspectors were due to attempt to visit the site of the suspected gas attack in Douma on April 7, which medical relief organisations say killed dozens of people.

Russian politicians who met with Assad on Sunday said he was in high spirits, while Assad was quoted in state media as saying the Western strikes were based on "lies and misinformation" at the U.N. Security Council.

It is thought President Bashar al-Assad's regime had been stockpiling materials used to make chemical weapons at those sites, the Ministry of Defence said.

LIMA, Peru-Canada has become the latest to lay the blame for a deadly chemical-weapons attack in Syria last week at Syrian President Bashar Assad's doorstep, despite Russian suggestions to the contrary.

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"We were happy in the beginning when we heard that President Trump was going to take action", says Suzanne Sahloul from the Syrian Action Network.

"These strikes were justified - legitimate and proportionate response to Syria using chemical weapons on its own people", said Dana White, a Pentagon chief spokesperson. Failing that, she suggested that rather than strike at chemical weapons facilities, that the United States and it allies destroy Assad's conventional weapons and military capabilities.

The comments came after the announcement that the U.S.is prepared to ramp up pressure against Russian Federation in the form of economic sanctions in a bid to halt Moscow's support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of perpetrating the recent chemical attack.

Theresa May will on Monday seek an emergency debate in the House of Commons about last weekend's air strikes against Syria, giving MPs a chance to express their view on the action in a vote.

The US envoy to the OPCW, however, expressed concern that Russian Federation had visited the site and "may have tampered with it" to impede the investigation.

What is said to have happened in the Douma attack?

"We do not seek conflict in Syria, but we can not allow such grievous violations of global law", she said, referring to the suspected chemical attack.

"No Syrian weapon had any effect on what we did", said McKenzie.

British ambassador Wilson urged the OPCW "to act to hold perpetrators to account", saying failure to do so "will only risk further barbaric use of chemical weapons, in Syria and beyond".

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