Russian Federation says too early to accuse Syrian government over gas attack
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 07, 2017,
Apr 07, 2017, 2:43
Turkey said Thursday that autopsies of Syrian victims from this week's assault in Syria's Idlib province show they were subjected to chemical weapons, as France's foreign minister called for the prosecution of President Bashar Assad's government amid growing worldwide outrage over the assault that activists say killed 86 people.
"We put some masks on but it didn't do anything".
"Those elements that can deliver poison gas, whether it's off a barrel bomb, off a helicopter or fixed-wing tactical aviation. I think we're going to have to think very seriously about putting that air force on the ground where it can't get up in the air again".
The council was convened in an emergency session to consider a resolution that would back an investigation by the chemical weapons watchdog into the attack and compel the Syrian government to cooperate with a probe.
The Syrian govenment denied carrying out the raid. He also said that he could not predict "the reality of U.S. intentions" in Syria.
Assad may be betting on further deniability by striking in an area where extremists hold sway, further casting a cloud of confusion on the attack. Also, the United States should reinvest in supporting a political process that can lead to a transitional government and Assad's departure.
Trump has blamed Obama for mishandling political crises in the Middle East and said the former president failed to take action when necessary.
"Yesterday's attack was a new low even for the barbaric Assad regime", US envoy to the U.N., Nikki Haley said. "That crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line", he said.
Russian Federation has sought to deflect blame from its ally Assad with a similar claim, saying that Syrian jets hit a rebel arms depot holding "toxic substances" that were being placed in bombs.
Earlier on Wednesday, Downing Street played down the prospect of military action in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons against civilians, insisting "nobody is talking" about an armed response to the atrocity. "It was a great opportunity missed", Trump said. Asked what proof Moscow has for that assessment, Peskov said that Russian Federation is the only legitimate foreign power on the ground in Syria and therefore has "more wide information about what is going on there". "It is now my responsibility". "You will see", Trump said when asked if he would take new action, according to pool reporters present when the President welcomed King Abdullah to the Oval Office. On Wednesday, in addition to hardening his language on Assad, he softened his remarks about those were displaced by the war.
Last month, US-led coalition aircraft dropped fighters for the first time into an area near the Syrian city of Raqqa to retake IS territory in a mission that included Apache helicopters, US Marine Corps artillery and special operations troops. Trump's apparent condemnation of the Syrian government Tuesday came less than a week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and USA ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley indicated that Assad's fate would be left up to the Syrian people and that removing him from power was no longer a policy goal of the U.S.
"In any case, there are investigations, United Nations commissions... there will be a war crimes trial", he added.