Johnson to call for more pressure on Russian Federation over Syria

So Trump's decision to launch the strikes - an action President Barack Obama declined to take after a 2013 chemical attack - has raised optimism among rebels that Trump will more directly confront Assad.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that "terrorists" were applauding his USA counterpart Donald Trump for launching a missile strike on an airbase of his Syrian government ally.

Russian Federation and Iran have issued a joint call for an "unbiased investigation" into the incident, which provoked Mr Trump to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at the airfield in Syria's Homs province.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev charged that the United States strikes were one step away from clashing with Russia's military.

Russian Federation and the United States have criticised each other following a U.S. strike against a Syrian airbase.

U.S. officials blame Moscow for propping up Assad.

"What America has done in attacking Syria is crossing red lines and from now on we will strongly respond to any aggression by any party and America knows well our capability to respond", said the statement.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says the group will discuss imposing new sanctions on Syrian military figures and Russian military individuals responsible for backing them.

Russian Federation and Iran have issued a direct warning to Donald Trump saying his missile strike crossed a "red line" and that further United States action in Syria will lead to retaliation.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organisation that reports on the war, said warplanes had taken off from the base on Friday and carried out air strikes on rebel-held areas in the eastern Homs countryside.

U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that the runway itself had not been the target of the missile strikes.

We're hopeful that we can prevent a continuation of the civil war and that we can bring the parties to the table to begin the process of political discussions.

TILLERSON, U.S. Secretary of State: We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world.

The White House later on Monday said Trump had spoken with May and separately with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by telephone about the US attack and thanked them for their support.

McCain was referring to the comments Tillerson made last month during a press conference in Turkey when he said the "longer term status of President [Bashar] Assad would be decided by the Syrian people".

  • Joanne Flowers