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Macron Says He Told Putin Russia "Complicit" in "Syrian Chemical Weapons' Use"

Macron Says He Told Putin Russia

President Donald Trump wants forces to return home as soon as possible.

Limiting the strikes to these specific targets was not necessarily Trump's initial plan, Macron said. "We convinced him it was necessary to remain there", Mr. Macron said in a television interview Sunday. "The military strike was necessary and appropriate in order to preserve the effectiveness of the global ban on the use of chemical weapons and to warn the Syrian regime against further violations", German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Saturday's strikes on Syria were the first major military operation since Macron's election in May a year ago.

"Without declaring war against Bashar al-Assad, the joint strikes achieved their aims without leaving collateral casualties", confirmed Macron, adding that Damscus' chemical weapons capabilities have been destroyed.

His marathon interview on French broadcaster BFMTV lasted almost three hours - and #MacronBFMTV was a top trend on Twitter late on Sunday evening.

After the US, France and Britain launched missile strikes on the country over an alleged chemical gas attack, the French president noted that Western top priority is preparing "a long-term political alternative which will allow a transition in a constitutional framework".

Inspectors from the independent Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now in Damascus.

The Russians say there is no trace of any chemicals and questioned why the allies carried out strikes before the inspectors had reported. There are no changes to his planned trip to Russian Federation next month, he said.

The OPCW will not seek to establish - and publicly announce - who was responsible for the attack.

She also said that a new raft of Russian sanctions would be outlined Monday, by Steve Mnuchin, US treasury secretary.

Media captionSyria air strikes: Will they work?

Macron said that failing so far to get the red lines respected had led Russian authorities to think of Western powers that "these people from the global community - they are nice, they are weak".

What was targeted by the US, UK and France?

"This was not the first time that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against civilians but it must be the last". After his generals talked him down from that idea, he opted for a conventional, possibly fruitless strike on Syrian chemical-weapons facilities.



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