In an interview published Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Moscow "should join our efforts to promote a political process in Syria that would allow a way out of the crisis".
"It is long overdue that this council condemns the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror and demands global accountability of those responsible for these heinous acts", U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Ward said in comments seen by Reuters.
OPCW inspectors arrived in Damascus on Saturday and had planned to head to Douma, on the outskirts of the capital, on Monday. A suspected chemical weapons attack April 7 spurred the United States and its allies to launch more than 100 missiles at Syria over the weekend after.
In the aftermath, the remnants of a rebel army evacuated, handing Assad one of the biggest victories in a war that has killed about half a million people and laid waste to whole cities.
The inspectors for the Hague-based OPCW met Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official in Damascus for about three hours on Sunday.
"If you look at what Russian Federation is doing, they continue to be involved with all the wrong actors, whether their involvement in Ukraine, whether you look at how they are supporting Venezuela, whether you look in Syria and their way of propping up Assad and working with Iran, that continues to be a problem", Haley said, adding that the use of a poisoning agent against a spy in England is "another issue".
In a televised interview Sunday night, French President Emmanuel Macron said the U.S., France and Britain had "full global legitimacy to intervene" because they had gotten evidence the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people and the airstrikes were enforcing worldwide humanitarian law. While some investors are pointing to rising oil prices as a reason to buy assets of the world's biggest energy producer, others warn that Russia's deteriorating relations with the West create too much uncertainty about how far US penalties will go.
Ryabkov said that Russia's lower house of parliament is considering legislation that would give the Kremlin the power to restrict U.S. imports, RIA reported.
Earlier, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told CBS that further sanctions against the Russian government "will be coming down" because of Russia's supporting Syria. "What did take place was the staged thing".
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She said, "These strikes are about deterring the barbaric use of chemical weapons in Syria and beyond". The Syrian government and its Russian ally deny involvement in any such incident.
Haley also said the response by the Trump administration was "cumulative", taking into account not only the recent chemical weapons attack in Douma, but also other, smaller, attacks.
"The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said. I think everyone is going to feel it at this point.
Alongside sanctions expected on Monday, the US has launched strikes against Syria alongside the United Kingdom and France, with more than 100 missiles launched at three targets on Friday in a move Trump tweeted about on Saturday suggesting that the strikes meant it was "mission accomplished" in Syria.
The U.S. ambassador to the OPCW, Kenneth Ward, said there were suspicions that Russian Federation, a longtime ally of the Syrian government, may have tampered with the evidence.
The Western leaders were also facing scrutiny at home over their actions.
It is barred from having, storing or using nerve agents, and while it is permitted to possess chlorine for civilian uses, is banned from using that chemical as a weapon.
Meanwhile, media reports noted that the United Kingdom government has confirmed a "20-fold" increase in disinformation being spread by Kremlin-linked social media "bot" accounts since the United Kingdom, USA and France attacked Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure on Saturday. In France, the conservatives, the far-left and the far-right have all criticised the strikes.