Turkey says U.S. strikes 'cosmetic' if Assad stays in power
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 18:19
"The world is waiting for the Russian government to act responsibly in Syria". But following the USA missile strike on Syria, the gloves have come off in Moscow, as hopes for friendlier relations fizzle.
JUDY WOODRUFF: On the diplomatic front, the issue is likely to top the agenda, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Moscow next Wednesday. Instead, he will be faced with well-rehearsed accusations of American hypocrisy and double standards.
The US and Russian Federation clashed in the UN Security Council over the missile attack on a Syrian airfield, with Washington warning it is "prepared to do more" as Moscow accused it of flagrantly violating worldwide law with its "act of aggression".
NIKKI HALEY, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: The United States took a very measured step last night.
The US is "disappointed but not surprised" at Russia's response to its strikes on a Syrian air base suspected of storing chemical weapons.
"It's not hard to imagine how much the sprits of these terrorists have been raised after this support from Washington", he said, maintaining "The Syrian armed forces will continue to be the main military institute". Numerous victims included small children.
Even as Trump ordered the first direct intervention beyond fighting terrorist factions in Syria's grinding six-year civil war, the White House indicated no further move to unseat Assad, leaving the strike to speak for itself.
However, some lawmakers expressed concern that Trump did not first seek Congressional approval before ordering the military action. Like it or not, the Obama administration had to deal with Putin as a Middle East power broker.
But there must now be a long-term solution to the civil war in which Assad must no longer be president, he added.
".what we're trying to do is obviously defeat Isis". Feltman said Iran and Russian Federation condemned the USA attack, with the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand expressing some support for the U.S. strikes. By proxy Russian Federation is responsible for every civilian death last week.
After the USA missile strike on the Syrian airfield, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation had been informed of the attack in advance "through existing channels" but that Putin hadn't been contacted directly. This is evidenced by hacked correspondence of U.S. Army Colonel Anthony Jamie MacDonald, who was general staff director, operations and plans office of the deputy chief of staff for intelligence the army staff in 2013. "It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons", Trump said. The U.S. authorities are simply refusing to see the obvious: Syrian government troops had not used chemical weapons.
This comes two days after the Russian defence ministry informed about the total damage inflicted by the airstrike.
"We call on Russian Federation to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the worldwide community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated".
SERGEI LAVROV, Russian Foreign Minister (through interpreter): Of course this is an act of aggression, committed on an absolutely made-up pretext. Russia, Syria, and its other backers denounced the military action while U.S. allies in Europe, Israel, and Saudi Arabia cheered Trump on.
Tillerson, who headed Exxon Mobil's operations in Russian Federation before becoming its CEO, received a medal from Putin in 2012.
"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 progress".
The Saudi Foreign Ministry said the missile launch ordered by Trump was the right response to "the crimes of this regime to its people in light of the failure of the global community to stop it", the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.
Finally, Cher showed off her strong emoji game while also voicing her displeasure - we think.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel refused to say if Britain would support future strikes by the United States if there are fresh chemical attacks in Syria.
Now the secretary of state's trip will be focused on containing any more damage in relations, rather than turning a new page.