Russian Federation warns of serious consequences from U.S. strike in Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 20:14
The heads of the general staffs of Iran and Russian Federation, a close ally of Assad, spoke by telephone on Saturday and condemned the USA strikes as "blatant aggression. aimed at slowing a trend of victories by Syria's army and its allies and boosting the terrorists' morale", Iran's state news agency IRNA said.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Syrian military says seven people were killed in the attack and that the airstrike did extensive damage to the airfield.
Obama had threatened Assad with military action after an earlier chemical weapons attack killed hundreds outside Damascus.
Rouhani called for "an independent commission" by "impartial countries" into the claims.
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.
The comments represented a departure from what Haley had said before the USA hit a Syrian airbase with 59 Tomahawk missiles on Thursday in retaliation for what it said was a chemical weapons attack by Assad's forces on Syrian civilians.
Lavrov also reaffirmed Russia's position that accusations that the Syrian regime had launched a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun last week "are not in line with reality".
The FSO said the U.S.'s responsibility remains great and does not end with the military operation.
Reaction to the Strike:This is not going to solve the Syria problem, the refugees or the death of half a million people.
However, on Saturday, Mr Johnson cancelled the visit, attacking the Kremlin and saying he would instead focus on building support with allies to secure a ceasefire in war-torn Syria. He said Assad had committed many atrocities against his own people.
Cavusoglu said after the transitional government took over, it would be followed with elections in which Syrians in the country and overseas could vote.
It immediately suspended a deal with the United States aimed at avoiding clashes in Syrian airspace, though the foreign ministry did not scrap Tillerson's visit. He said Iran condemned the missile launch "regardless of the perpetrators and the victims" of Tuesday's chemical weapons attack in Syria.
He had planned to travel to Russia Monday on a trip meant to start a fresh dialogue with Moscow.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled his trip to Moscow on Saturday just hours before he was due to fly, stating his priority is to "build coordinated global support for a ceasefire".
According to Johnson, the US representative was expected to deliver a "clear and coordinated message to the Russians".
"The U.S. has a mission in the region of defeating ISIS, stabilizing Iraq and stabilizing the refugee population".
They were referring to the 2003 US -led invasion of Iraq after Washington accused Saddam Hussein of hiding weapons of mass destruction - an allegation that later turned out to be incorrect.
University student Ashraf Fadel said he came to denounce "the unjust American aggression against Syria".
In a separate development, activists opposed to the Islamic State group said a US -led coalition airstrike hit a boat carrying civilians fleeing across the Euphrates River.
On Friday, senior USA military officials were looking more closely at possible Russian involvement in the poison attack.
"Using a deadly nerve agent", U.S. President Donald Trump said late Thursday, "Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children".
The news agency reported that during the Friday phone call, the Saudi monarch congratulated Trump for his "courageous decision".