Tillerson: 'No change' to Syria policy after strike

Russian Foreign Minister told his United States counterpart Rex Tillerson in a phone conversation that the U.S. attack on Syrian army's airfield plays into the hands of terrorists, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

The former Exxon Mobil CEO is set for an even more high-profile mission, heading to Moscow under the twin clouds of Russia's alleged US election meddling and its possible support for a Syrian chemical weapons attack.

"We're hopeful that Russian Federation will choose to play a constructive role in supporting ceasefires through their own Astana talks, but also, ultimately, through Geneva", Tillerson said.

The top USA diplomat insisted he had no concerns about possible Russian retaliation following an unprecedented U.S. strike on a Syrian airfield this week. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.

Johnson said: "My priority is now to continue contact with the U.S. and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April - to build coordinated global support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process".

However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Moscow as planned after the G7 meeting in Italy on April 10-11.

Tillerson went on to say that the administration remains hopeful of a solution to ending the civil war within Syria.

"I hope that they will be put to shame, although of course we will draw our own conclusions for our future relations", he said.

The United States on Thursday fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from warships in the Mediterranean at the Shayrat airfield near Homs in central Syria.

US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Syria's Idlib on Tuesday, which Washington blames on the Syrian government. A further 17 people were injured in the strike on Heneyda, according to the UK-based group.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, in a telephone call with US Vice President Mike Pence, highlighted the need to end the escalation of the Syrian conflict and conduct an urgent investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack.

"It was a very deliberate, very proportional, and very targeted strike undertaken in response to the chemical weapons attack".

  • Leroy Wright