Kremlin, angry at Syria missile strike, says Putin won't meet Tillerson

"We should be watching eastern Ukraine, we should be watching for a cyberattack, another drip-drip-drip of WikiLeaks", she said.

"It crossed a lot of lines for me".

Standing firm, the Trump administration on Friday signalled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action.

The missile onslaught came as an apparent reversal from previous statements by USA officials who called the current Syrian government a "political reality" and saw the Syrian people the only decision maker of their country's future.

President Donald Trump's decision that the use of chemical weapons presents a clear threat to American interests provided the legal justification for the attack, which is sufficient given the degree to which Congress has surrendered its war powers over the past half century. When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal - people were shocked to hear what gas it was.

The American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, claimed that the USA "took a very measured step" and added that "we are prepared to do more". Foreign ministers were expected to to seek clarity from the United States on an array of issues, especially Syria.

Last week's missile strike on a Syrian airfield in retaliation for a vicious chemical weapons attack will not make it any easier to solve the Syrian quagmire, but it was the right thing to do. The Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev claimed that Trump's action has "completely ruined relations".

The UN deputy ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov has warned that the strike will be followed by "extremely serious" consequences. "The more complicated subjects will be left to the leaders", said an Italian diplomat, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the press.

G7 foreign ministers will send a "clear and coordinated message" to Russian Federation today over its stance on Syria as Washington ratcheted up the pressure following a suspected chemical attack in the war-torn country.

Senator Payne said she agreed there was unlikely to be a political solution in Syria as long as Mr Assad remained in charge.

Tillerson is due to travel to Russia after the G7 gathering, and Johnson said he will deliver a "clear and co-ordinated message to the Russians".

Far too many factors other than an emotional reaction have compelled Trump to sway from his original "stay-out" mantra.

While after the strikes, Trump has emerged as the new messiah of the world and his response to Tuesday's sarin gas attack in Idlib was absolutely heartfelt and entirely understandable, let's not forget that he is the same guy who, during a rally in New Hampshire in 2016, said about the Syrian refugees: "I can look in their faces and say 'You can't come.' I'll look them in the face".

Thirdly, over the past weeks, the Syrian army has inflicted heavy losses on terrorist groups backed by the West, an indication that the Syrian army has the upper hand in battleground, what the not happy with. "Assad's principal backer is Russian Federation".

  • Joanne Flowers