Boris Johnson warns of further U.S. strikes on Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 5:40
The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told an emergency session of the UN Security Council that the US had acted to ensure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would never use chemical weapons again.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday blamed Russia's inaction for helping fuel a deadly poison gas attack against Syrian civilians last week, saying Moscow failed to carry out a 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria. Russian Federation may seek to improve Syria's surface-to-air missile system in the wake of this USA attack but it would be very much a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. Images of civilians suffering the apparent effects of a gas attack, including convulsions, vomiting and foaming at the mouth, provoked global outrage and prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to order a strike on a Syrian airbase.
"It crossed a lot of lines for me". Peskov also said that the risk of a direct collision between the U.S. and Russian Federation in Syria has "significantly increased".
But he said the United States expected Russian Federation to take a tougher stance by rethinking its alliance with Assad because "every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russian Federation closer into some level of responsibility".
While Assad's office on Friday called the American airstrikes a "disgraceful act that can only be described as shortsightedness and political and military blindness to reality", Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov condemned it as "an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law".
"I discussed these plans in detail with Secretary Tillerson". USA officials blame Moscow for propping up Assad. And, he's set for an even higher-profile mission, heading to Moscow under the twin clouds of Russia's USA election meddling and its possible support for a Syrian chemical weapons attack. Russian Federation maintains a close political and military alliance with President Bashar Assad's government and has been accused of supporting its attacks against Syrians opposed to Assad's rule - something Moscow adamantly denies. The Russian military was informed beforehand, the Pentagon said. The missiles targeted the base's airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas, officials said.
While threatening further strikes, Haley also said it was time to press on with diplomatic efforts to achieve a political solution to end the war.
Two US Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat air base in western Homs province at about 04:40 Syrian time (01:40 GMT) on Friday.
Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey all supported Washington, with Ankara also calling for a no-fly zone in Syria. But the USA military action has already cast a pall over the outlook of the negotiations.
"I'm vehemently opposed to bombing of Syria", said David Welsh of Berkeley.
The secretary of state must be "the spokesman for American foreign policy", said Eliot Cohen, a senior State Department official during George W. Bush's presidency. Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saturday that the USA intervention was only "cosmetic" unless it removes Assad from power. Advisers said he was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the chemical attack.