Explaining the US-Russia 'deconfliction line' and the consequences of cutting it

Foreign secretary calls Russia's continued defence of Syrian government after suspected chemical attack "deplorable".

Johnson said his priority was to continue contact with the United States and other countries to provide global support for a ceasefire in the days leading up to the G7 meeting on April 10 and 11, UPI reports.

He stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of being directly involved in the planning or execution of the attack, saying he had not seen "any hard evidence" to suggest the nation was an accomplice to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Noting that the United States has recently launched an investigation into the chemical attack, Zakharov said the U.S. strike on Syria is not in line with its attempts to discover truth about the incident.

The Russian foreign minister said the pair agreed to continue discussions on Syria in person.

Johnson expressed his support to the U.S. for Friday's missile barrage.

Warplanes struck a northern Syrian town Saturday where a chemical attack killed scores of people earlier this week, killing one person and wounding another as Turkey described the United States missile attack on an air base as a "cosmetic intervention" unless it removes President Bashar Assad from power.

The Syrian government and Moscow have denied that Syrian forces were behind the gas attack, but Western countries have dismissed their explanation that chemicals leaked from a rebel weapons depot after an air strike as not credible.

The US said on Saturday that the strike was "fully justified", adding it was "prepared to do more" if necessary.

Peskov was also quoted as saying that Russian Federation did not believe that Syria possessed chemical weapons and that USA airstrikes would create a serious obstacle to forming an worldwide coalition against terrorism - an idea that Putin has pushed.

  • Leroy Wright