Trump Rejected More Aggressive Military Options Against Syria

11 April, 2017, 00:05 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Valeriy Sharifulin  TASS

Syria has denied using any chemical agents, and Russian Federation says the United States has failed to provide evidence Syria has chemical weapons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani stressed the importance to continue close cooperation on political and diplomatic settlement of the Syrian crisis during a phone conversation, Kremlin's press service said Sunday. And I hope they'll reconsider this idea that we're going to get rid of ISIS and then we'll hopefully use Assad and others to come up with a solution, it's not going to work.

The Labour leader said Mr Johnson should have held "robust" talks with Russian Federation rather than pulling out of a planned trip to Moscow, adding: "The solution has to be political".

Pyongyang also said the US strike justified the development of North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the state-run news agency said, similarly calling the missile strike an "invasion" effort.

After upending its own "America First" agenda with an interventionist missile strike in Syria, the Trump administration is struggling to clarify its foreign policy in the Middle East.

Iran has provided crucial military and economic assistance to Assad throughout Syria's six-year civil war. Putin denounced the US strike against the air base as "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of global law".

Scores of people died and many were injured on Tuesday after the regime air strike dropped chemical bombs onto the town of Khan Shaykhun.

Moscow has been a steadfast ally of the Syrian government and has defended it against claims of chemical weapons use in front of the U.N. Security Council. The Washington Post's Amanda Erickson explains President Trump's decision to strike Syria.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to take a more patient stance in regard to Assad, saying on Saturday that Washington's first priority is the defeat of Islamic State.

"The joint investigative mechanism has found beyond any doubt that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people multiple times", Haley said.

"We're hopeful that Russian Federation will choose to play a constructive role in supporting ceasefires through their own Astana talks, but also, ultimately, through Geneva", Tillerson said.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks to French journalists in Damascus, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on January 9, 2017.

"Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally", Johnson said, adding that his priority now is to work with the USA, and other members of the G7 "for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process".

A USA missile attack on a Syrian airbase Thursday night escalated tensions between the US and Russian Federation.

Konashenkov added that ISIS and rebel groups both launched armed offensives against the Syrian regime following the USA missile strikes, stating that "the Russian Defence Ministry hopes that the activities of the insurgents had not been coordinated with the American party".

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