Russia warns of serious consequences from US strike in Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 21:27
The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons.
North Korea, meanwhile, called Friday's strike "an unforgivable act of aggression" which showed its own decision to develop nuclear weapons was "the right choice a million times over".
The US is investigating if a drone attack on a Syrian hospital was orchestrated by Russian Federation to cover up evidence of the chemical attack. Russian Federation and Iran - both Syrian government allies - were outraged by the strike. It has led a coalition carrying out air strikes against jihadist groups in Syria since 2014 but this is the first time it has targeted government forces.
Cavusoglu said after the transitional government takes over, it will be followed with elections in which Syrians in the country and overseas can vote.
"President Trump has said that the U.S. wants to conduct a counter-ISIS campaign with Russian and Assad buy-in", Heras says.
Samer al-Hussein lives just a few miles outside Khan Shaykhun, the town that produced the images that horrified the world - of children and adults choking due to apparent chemical exposure.
Rouhani called for "an independent commission" by "impartial countries" into the claims.
But he said Turkey could not "remain silent" to the Syrian government's chemical weapons use, and insisted Moscow work with Ankara to establish a transitional government in Damascus.
Rouhani called on Saturday for an impartial investigation of the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria which killed at least 70 people, and he warned that the US strikes in response risked escalating extremism in the region.
"Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people", he continued. Assad himself appeared more irritated than cowed, calling the USA strike "irresponsible" and claiming that US intelligence suggesting he had launched the chemical attack was faulty. Tillerson travels to Moscow Tuesday.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Moscow as planned after the G7 meeting in Italy this week. Johnson said Tillerson will be able to give a "clear and coordinated message to the Russians". Although this missile attack has been described as a single strike by Pentagon officials, it clearly shows that the US administration will be much more active in the field in the coming period.
Moscow received no prior warning before Trump unleashed thousands of pounds of ordnance on Syria, according to Tillerson, and Russian Federation is demanding an explanation for Trump's stunning decision. "When a humanitarian crisis sends millions of people fleeing their homes, we must step up and respond with the American values that have guided our nation for generations".
The joint command centre also said the presence of U.S troops in northern Syria where Washington has hundreds of special forces helping the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to oust Islamic State was "illegal" and that Washington had a long-term plan to occupy the area. It said the woman killed had fled to the town from her hometown of Latameh in central Syria. The attack occurred in the Shuaib al-Zeker area, near where US -backed Syrian fighters have been battling IS under the cover of coalition airstrikes. It has also allowed Turkey to repeat its years-long rhetoric in favor of the ousting of al-Assad from the power, as such a bloody-handed leader can not create a unified state in Syria. "This is a prerequisite to ending the unrelenting suffering of the people of Syria".
The hours after Donald Trump ordered a targeted missile strike against an air base in Syria were among the best of his troubled, 11-week presidency. The news agency reported that the Saudi monarch congratulated Trump during the Friday phone callfor his "courageous decision".