U.S. officials say Russian inaction enabled Syria chemical attack

Noting that the United States has recently launched an investigation into the chemical attack, Zakharov said the US strike on Syria is not in line with its attempts to discover truth about the incident.

The US as well as Britain blame Russian Federation for being "incompetent" in stopping the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.

Rather, the launching of 59 cruise missiles on Shayrat Air Base - believed to be the origin of Syria's lethal attack against its own citizens - was "related exclusively to the most recent horrific use of chemical weapons against women, children, and as the President said, even small babies", Tillerson told ABC's "This Week" in an interview airing Sunday.

He argued it would be best for US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to deliver a "clear and coordinated message" to the Russians during his own visit to Moscow later in the week.

Asked by reporters what the future holds for Turkish-Russian ties after Ankara welcomed US missile strikes against a Syrian regime airbase last week - the opposite of Moscow's reaction - Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Turkey "does not have to take a side between Russia and the U.S".

Boris Johnson decided not go to Russian Federation amid growing pressure on President Vladimir Putin to cut his ties with Syria's Bashar al Assad in the wake of a suspected chemical attack that killed at least 87 people, including children.

"Clearly that requires the participation of the regime with the support of their allies, and 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 White House bureau chief of VOA, who initially compared original and updated itineraries, later made the clarification after an unnamed State Department official said a meeting between Tillerson and Putin was never planned.

Trump ordered the missile strikes on the Syrian air base after blaming Assad for the chemical weapons attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. "In fact, we were prepared to do more two days ago", McMaster said.

"I think the real failure here has been Russia's failure to live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements that were entered into in 2013", Tillerson said on ABC's This Week.

Since taking office in February, Tillerson has shunned the spotlight and the press.

  • Salvatore Jensen