Putin and Rouhani Condemn US Airstrikes in Syria in Phone Call
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 10:42
President Donald Trump's administration is ratcheting up the pressure on Russian Federation to stop backing Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in the wake of a gas attack that killed more than 80 civilians last week - and even floating the possibility that Vladimir Putin's regime was complicit in the carnage.
Much of the worldwide community accused Assad's government of responsibility for that attack, though Damascus involved responsibility.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to visit Moscow on Wednesday.
In the wide-ranging ABC interview, Tillerson also said the USA has "no objective" to change North Korea's regime as Kim Jong Un continues to ramp up Pyongyang's nuclear program, and that there's no reason for the U.S.to lift sanctions placed on Russian Federation following its annexation of Crimea in 2014. "The state of Russo-British relations [has], in essence, been forced into a dead end by the United Kingdom", it said.
"The UK does not have its own position on the majority of present-day issues, nor does it have real influence on the course of global affairs, as it remains "in the shadow" of its strategic partners".
"I think what we should do is ask Russian Federation how could it be, if you have advisors at that airfield, that you didn't know that the Syrian Air Force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?"
Mr Rouhani said the United States strike would not affect Iran's Syria policy, while Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would not withdraw in the face of similar aggressions.
A top Senate Democrat and Republican differed Sunday on Trump having used executive powers to attack the Syrian government but agreed that Congress must be included in further actions.
In the days after the Khan Sheikhoun attack, Turkey provided the Syrian Civil Defence search and rescue outfit with 50 protective kits for responding to chemical attacks, and trained them in their use, Anadolu said. The attack prompted the United States to fire 59 cruise missiles into a Syrian air base from which it said the attack was launched.
On TV talk shows Sunday, top Trump administration officials discussed the potential for more military action against Syria, and promised to press Moscow on its commitment to reduce Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.
Syrian President Bashar Assad's government came under mounting worldwide pressure after a chemical attack in northern Syria, with even key ally Russian Federation saying its support is not unconditional. Russia's not going to have your back anymore.
"Russia could be part of the solution", he said, noting that now they were "part of the problem".
The focus of U.S. policy has turned to possible Russian complicity with last week's chemical attacks which the United States says were launched from Syrian aircraft based at the Shayrat air field near Homs.
There was little doubt the missile strikes would be seen in Pyongyang as a message.
The two generals said the missile strike was a "preplanned program" meant to slow gains by the Syrian military and to "strengthen the morale of terrorists and their supporters". "Someone who uses barrel bombs and chemicals to kill his own people simply can not be the future leader of Syria".
"It's very hard to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation from the Assad regime", said McMaster. Still, Haley said the US didn't see a peaceful future Syria with Assad in power.
However the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to take a more measured stance with regard to the Syrian President.
"The world is waiting for the Russian government to act responsibly in Syria". In no way do we see peace in that area with Russian Federation covering up for Assad.
But sources insisted he has always believed Assad can not remain in power.