Boris Johnson calls off Moscow visit over Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 17:28
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US position on Syria hasn't changed after American warships launched a military strike on an air base in Syria Thursday in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack that killed at least 70 civilians earlier in the week.
"My priority is now to continue contact with the U.S. and others in the run up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April", he said.
Early Friday the US fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian military air base American officials believe was used to carry out the attack.
Mr Tillerson is then expected to travel to Moscow on Tuesday, where he will threaten Vladimir Putin with isolation if he continues to support Mr Assad's regime.
Johnson said he was working to bring together other "like-minded partners" to "explore next steps soon", according to the report.
U.S. secretary of state Tillerson is due to arrive in Moscow on Tuesday for two days of talks.
Mr Johnson has scrapped a visit to Russian Federation next week so US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can go alone and deliver a clear message.
Russian Federation has consistently denied that Syrian forces used chemical weapons, insisting the incident at Khan Sheikhoun was caused by a hit on a rebel chemical weapons plant, a claim dismissed by the West.
"We deplore Russia's continued defence of the Asad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians".
"Boris has revealed himself to be a poodle of Washington, having his diary managed from across the pond".
The country's government denied using nerve gas.
Britain has fully supported the United States for its response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Idlib province of Syria that left almost 80 civilians dead. Our Government quick to blindly follow every order from the Trump White House. Syria joined the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and agreed to destroy its stockpile under Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) oversight under a Russian-US deal after the east Ghouta sarin gas incident in 2013.