USA officials say Russian inaction enabled Syria chemical attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 23:19
They hold Iran and its allies responsible for the displacement of millions outside the country. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said such "unilateral action is unsafe, destructive and violates the principles of worldwide law".
The prime minister called on the global community not to repeat the "terrible mistakes" of the past. The Joint Investigative Mechanism has found beyond any doubt that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people multiple times.
Turkey: Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey welcomed the airstrikes as a "positive response to the Assad regime's war crimes". That changed last night. Trump's newfound humanitarian concerns, Sime says, provides an opportunity "to reconsider the travel ban, to reconsider the cap on the total number of refugees who can enter this country, to reconsider the suspension on refugee resettlement in the United States, and to make our country again a welcoming country for refugees".
Haley noted that Russian Federation is supposed to be a guarantor that all chemical weapons were removed from Syria under a 2013 agreement. Syrian state TV said the Waer district of Homs city area would be declared "free of weapons" this month.
He appeared to believe there were common interests over issues such as preventing Iran from securing nuclear weapons, combating terrorism, and potentially even helping contain China.
And the Pentagon is investigating whether Russian military advisers on the ground had any involvement in the chemical strike. We were fully justified in doing so.
Does the administration know whether it wants Assad to go or not? Trump, who demanded then that Obama not act without congressional approval, did not seek permission this time. Or should this attack rather be understood as a once-off USA warning about chemical - or nuclear - weapons? The Iranian government bears a heavy responsibility.
What prompted the U.S.to act now, six years after the start of the civil war? He has also said there was no role for Assad in Syria's future.
Russia's intervention in the American presidential election was arguably the basis for one of the most important political scandals in modern history. Assad himself appeared more irritated than cowed, calling the USA strike "irresponsible" and claiming that US intelligence suggesting he had launched the chemical attack was faulty.
"And so, Russian Federation could be part of the solution", he added.
However, the administration has adopted a much tougher line on Assad. It's hard to argue that it did, unless you're going to claim that only showing we're "strong" will deter our enemies. Let's think about the possible reasons for Russia's failure. "Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been simply incompetent". Or, it could be that the Assad regime is playing the Russians for fools, telling them that there are no chemical weapons, all the while stockpiling them on their bases. As Exxon's CEO, he nurtured a chummy relationship with Putin and shared the Russian leader's opposition to sanctions imposed by the West in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It is not only the fact that relations have become frostier over Syria, but also that the Trump team is under pressure over investigations from Congress and the FBI over its ties with Moscow before assuming power. Those days are over.
"The onus is now on Russian Federation to pull Assad into line", Mr Turnbull said.
This is the first time the USA has attacked the Syrian regime. He said he thinks this policy should focus on a political solution involving global partners to get Assad to leave power.
"We're prepared to do more".
If the worldwide community is successful in pushing for a diplomatic solution in Syria.