Tillerson cites Russian inaction as helping to fuel Syrian poison gas attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 20:51
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday blamed Russia's inaction for helping fuel a deadly poison gas attack against Syrian civilians last week, saying Moscow failed to carry out a 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria.
At least 80 civilians died in the air attack on the town in rebel-held Idlib province prompting an global outcry.
Syria's ally Russian Federation says the deaths were caused when a Syrian air strike hit a depot where rebels were making chemical weapons, leading to a leak of toxic gas.
One of the most important results of the USA move is the fact that it signals the return of the U.S.to the Syrian unrest by taking a direct step against the Bashar al-Assad regime, which has long enjoyed the freedom to commit serious crimes against humanity under the protection of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sadr is the only Iraqi Shia leader to keep some distance from Iran, a main backer of Assad along with Russian Federation.
An official said there is "high confidence" the airfield is where the Syrian regime's aircraft took off for the April 4 attack.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy called President Trump's air strike in Syria an "ill-thought out military action" that violated the U.S. Constitution. This attack is also a message to Russia, stressing that there is a new administration in Washington and the Russians will no longer be alone in displaying its military force in the field.
The ministry said it also showed once more that there was little to gain from talking to Britain, which it said had no real influence over world affairs.
The strike - the first direct U.S. action against President Bashar al-Assad and Trump's biggest military decision since taking office - marked a dramatic escalation in American involvement in Syria's six-year war.
Moscow is suspending a memorandum with the U.S.to prevent incidents and ensure flight safety, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. He said that for that "this oppressive Assad needs to go".
In the Syrian capital Damascus and around the world, people protested against the air strikes, insisting there should be no USA war against Syria.
"Even lovely babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack", Mr Trump said.
Later Hollande said that the USA response should now be followed up at an global level "under the auspices of the United Nations if possible".
President Donald Trump ordered the missile strike after watching television images of infants suffering from chemical weapons injuries. This week, he said the chemical attack changed his view of the Syrian war and of Assad.
Rep. Kildee said President Trump's actions were acceptable but he must come to Congress for future actions. "We do not believe it's acceptable for the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons".
USA officials informed Russian forces ahead of the missile strikes on and avoided hitting Russian personnel.