Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Tillerson: Russia 'failure allowed Syria chemical attack'


Johnson, who called the USA response "a clear and united message" from the West, will call on G7 ministers to issue a joint declaration calling for Russian Federation to end its support for the Assad regime and remove its forces from Syria to enable aid convoys to return. Additionally, she said US sanctions against Russia would remain until the Russian government and its allies "respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity".

In the southern city of Daraa, jets believed to be Russian escalated strikes on Free Syrian Army (FSA) and jihadist groups on Saturday and Sunday in an attempt to roll back their gains in the Manshiya district where battles have been raging for almost two months.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive US actions against Syria were not permissible and violated worldwide law, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

Russia and Iran have accused the USA of crossing "red lines" in ordering the airstrike, and the Russian embassy in the United Kingdom said attempts to push for sanctions could lead to a "real war".

But Haley reiterated her statements about further actions in Syria in her interview with Tapper.
"Vladimir Putin and Hasan Rouhani spoke in favor of an objective, unbiased investigation of all the circumstances of the chemical weapons incident on April 4 in the Syrian province of Idlib".

"The resulting action of what happened ensured that their fueling operation is gone from this air facility, 20 percent of their fixed-wing aircraft were destroyed and knocked out", Spicer said of the USA missile attacks on Thursday. On Sunday, a joint command center comprised of Russian, Iranian and militia forces supporting Assad said it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the assault.

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Lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties were supportive of Trump's decision to attack the Syrian air base, but some Republican senators said they were concerned about the lack of policy clarity and Tillerson's strategy of leaving Assad's fate unresolved while concentrating on Islamic State.

Tillerson will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow later this week. Most recently, Haley condemned the country's silence over Assad's chemical attack.

The US fired 59 missiles at a Syrian airbase after the alleged attack. Turkey provides military support to some of Syria's opposition forces.

But he said Turkey could not "remain silent" on the Syrian government's chemical weapons use, and insisted Moscow work with Ankara to establish a transitional government in Damascus.

"And we have to make sure that we're pushing that process".

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