After Syria strikes, Britain's May to face critical parliament

Syria attack MAPPED

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On Monday, the Prime Minister accused Russian Federation and Syria of having so far prevented a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reaching Douma.

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, said that new sanctions against Russian Federation would be announced by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday.

The Prime Minister will tell MPs on Monday that the strikes were in the national interest because the use of chemical weapons can not be normalised, including in the UK.

The OPCW team is tasked with determining whether banned substances were used in the attack, a charge that both Syria and its most powerful ally, Russia, have vehemently denied.

"There is broad-based worldwide support for the action we have taken", she will say.

Syrian activists said more than 40 people were killed but Syria and Russian Federation deny the attack and Russian Federation even accused Britain of staging the attack.

The inspectors were due on Monday to attempt to visit Douma, but the British delegation to the OPCW said they had not yet been granted access, citing the agency's director general.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, and in a joint statement released by the Kremlin they called the missile strike an "illegal action", that "seriously damages the prospects for a political settlement in Syria".

Douma, which lies in the eastern Goutha district on the outskirts of the capital, was one of the last bastions near Damascus of rebels fighting to topple Assad, and the alleged attack took place amid a ferocious government offensive.

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Enough to deter chemical weapons use? .

"They are hard for us, but will do more damage to the U.S. and Europe", RIA news agency quoted Serebrennikov as saying.

On Saturday, the U.S., U.K., and France launched airstrikes on the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

The Western leaders were also facing scrutiny at home over their actions.

She added: "I think that Parliament should have been recalled before the strike".

Despite their unified stance to rout out chemical weapons from Syria, there has been no consistent strategy voiced by the administrations in London, Paris and Washington over the way forward in Syria.

But she will be questioned over why she broke with a convention to seek parliamentary approval for the action, a decision that she and her ministers say was driven by the need to act quickly.

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in worldwide relations", the Kremlin statement said.

Germany is among those who see a united European Union front putting pressure on Russian Federation as the best way of influencing Syrian actions; but in previous conflicts others have been more reticent about confronting Moscow - and it remains to be seen whether a common position can be found.

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