Tillerson says Russian Federation has 'failed' in Syria

The White House says that Trump spoke with South Korea's Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn about US strikes in Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack by President Bashar Assad's government on civilians.

Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said they did not seek permission from Russian Federation prior to the strike.

His decision came after United States President Donald Trump ordered the firing of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into a west Syrian airfield believed to be the source of a deadly chemical attack this week that killed and injured hundreds of men, women and children.

A Syrian official tells The Associated Press that the USA missile attack that hit a number of military targets in central Syria has left a number of dead and wounded.

"I think the Russians have adjusted their expectations down as to the possibilities of a breakthrough, and what happened in Syria is going to add to that", said Michael McFaul, the US ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama.

"We deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime", he added.

Russian officials confirmed Friday morning that Moscow had received advanced warning of the strike on Shayrat Air Base in western Syria.

"Our target in this attack was not Russian Federation", he said.

The Russian representative delivered Russia's estimations and comments on the current military-political situations in Libya and in Yemen and confirmed on the basis of the Russian Foreign Ministry's statement of April 6, 2017, the persistent line of Moscow in favor of negotiation-based bilateral settlement of the Palestine-Israel conflict, including the problem of Jerusalem. While in Russia, Tillerson plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Obama administration and Western countries slapped Moscow with severe economic sanctions that Trump has so far vowed to keep in place until Russian Federation gives Crimea back.

The U.S. maintains radar coverage and has other surveillance means to know who is in the air. It did, however, say it had put Bashar al-Assad on notice that it would take further military action if he used chemical weapons again.

He said he planned to focus instead on building "coordinated worldwide support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process", ahead of a G7 foreign ministers' meeting in Italy next week.

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and John McCain (R-Arizona) released a joint statement following the USA military strikes in Syria.

In the letter, dated Saturday, Trump said he "acted in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations" and as commander in chief.

  • Leroy Wright