Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Iran, Russia, Hezbollah: US aggression in Syria crosses 'red lines'


"It's very hard to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday". The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the world is waiting for the Russian government "to act responsibly in Syria" and "to reconsider its misplaced alliance with Bashar Assad". He reiterated previous Russian assertions that the chemical weapons attack last week that prompted a US Tomahawk missile barrage on a Syrian air base was either a rebel provocation or caused by Syrian warplanes hitting a rebel chemical weapons facility.

But Haley also said that it shouldn't be dependent on the United States to take more military action to achieve what they want to see. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called al-Assad to reaffirm his support for the Syrian leader in the wake of the USA strike, Rouhani's office said April 9.

U.S. Secretary State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow Tuesday with less ammunition than Washington and London had hoped he would have in his bid to convince Russian Federation to abandon Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Because, if they're covering for Assad, then what are they really saying?

"What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines".

The Kremlin meanwhile said Russia's president, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, his Iranian counterpart, agreed in a telephone call that that U.S. aggression against Syria was not permissible and violated worldwide law.

Tillerson will instead meet with his direct counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Britain's Johnson cancelled a scheduled visit to Moscow Monday, saying his priority was now "to continue contact with the United States and others" ahead of Tillerson's Russian trip.

On Sunday, during an interview on CBS's "Face The Nation," Tillerson fired back at the senator and called his comments "regrettable". "And so Russian Federation could be part of the solution".

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The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Trump's decision was a "reaction" to Syria's use of chemical weapons. Sen.

The official also said that the USA bombing was meant to send a message to the Syrian regime that any use of chemical weapon will not be tolerated by the US.

The chemical attack prompted a world outcry and a US missile attack that marked a turning point in the Trump administration's approach to the seven-year-old conflict.

"There is no such thing as Assad yes, but ISIS no", Rubio said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have spoken on the phone and agreed that recent USA airstrikes in Syria were unacceptable and violated worldwide law, the Kremlin said Sunday.

Dozens of representatives of the media, local authorities, and emergency services have visited the airfield since the attack, with no alleged "storage units" or chemical weapon shells being found, the ministry said in a statement, calling on a mission of professional experts to be sent to the air base.

Britain's defence secretary, Michael Fallon, on Sunday criticised Russia's support of Assad, describing the chemical attack as a war crime that happened "on their watch". The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the rebel-held province of Idlib near the Turkish border killed at least 87 people, 31 of them children.

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