Russia, Iran army chiefs vow to continue Syria fight
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 21:35
The Foreign Secretary said: "Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally. It is necessary to make it absolutely clear that such U.S. military action is unacceptable to us", the spokeswoman added.
Speaking at the Women in the World Summit in NY before the strikes took place, Ms Clinton said she believed the United States had been wrong not to have previously launched such an offensive.
Many world leaders have praised Donald Trump's move to strike Syria following the chemical attack of Idlib which killed 80 people, including children. By proxy Russian Federation is responsible for every civilian death last week.
Speaking from President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where Trump is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Tillerson referenced Russia's 2013 agreement to oversee the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal and said Russian Federation has "clearly failed in its responsibility" to eliminate those weapons.
"If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, to dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good, and to get fully engaged with the United Nations peacekeeping process".
But there must now be a long-term solution to the civil war in which Assad must no longer be president, he added.
Syrian allies Russian Federation and Iran have both condemned the USA airstrikes.
Speaking on a U.S. talkshow to be aired Sunday, Tillerson insisted he had no concerns about possible retaliation by Moscow as "Russians were never targeted" in the strike and said defeating the Islamic State group was the top priority for the USA in Syria.
The two chiefs of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri and General Valery Gerasimov, "condemned the American operation against a Syrian air base which is an aggression against an independent country", state news agency IRNA said.
"Our target in this attack was not Russian Federation". The Russian government has been implicated in numerous attacks against Syrians opposed to Assad's rule - something Moscow adamantly denies.
Ms Clinton said she had advocated for a no-fly zone in Syria after leaving government, something Mr Obama opposed.