McCain: Trump administration 'partially to blame' for Syria chemical attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 21:43
Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said Sunday that Europe's broad support for the US military strikes had contributed to a "renewed harmony" between the United States and its partners.
"The U.S. military strike against Shayrat airfield on April 6 was a measured response to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons", Mattis said.
"The president thanked the Prime Minister for her support in the wake of last week's United States military action against the Assad regime".
Yet even as the USA seeks to project a sense of urgency about the Syria crisis, Washington has struggled to explain a hazy strategy that has yet to clarify key questions: whether President Bashar Assad must go, how displaced Syrians will be protected and when America might feel compelled to take further action.
"And Secretary [of State Rex] Tillerson basically..."
The G-7 meeting comes as the United States is sending a Navy carrier strike group toward the Korean Peninsula to provide a physical presence following North Korea's persistent ballistic missile tests.
The Prime Minister, who is on a short walking holiday in Wales, is being kept up to date on events in Syria.
Kyle Matthews, Senior Deputy Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University and a Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, says while the USA strike against President Bashar al-Assad's air force degrades its capacity to carry out any other attacks against civilians and using chemical weapons, it also puts the trajectory of the wider conflict onto a path of possible confrontation with Russian Federation.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters that Russia's reputation was being tarnished by its continued support of Assad and suggested, along with Canada, that sanctions could be tightened on Moscow if it continued to back Assad.
"I'm hopeful that we can have constructive talks with the Russian Federation government, with Foreign Minister (Sergey) Lavrov, and have Russian Federation be supportive of a process that will lead to a stable Syria", Tillerson said on ABC's "This Week" ahead of the visit.
He said if the Russians continued to support the regime in Damascus, they would be "contaminated" by its actions and could find themselves the target of new worldwide sanctions.
"They have a choice".
He said a solution could only come about if Mr Assad quit as president. Some officials, like Tillerson, said the US was confident Syrians would choose on their own to push Assad aside, while suggesting the USA wouldn't mandate it. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and others said ousting Assad was indeed a USA goal, but only one of several.
According to Italy's ministry, the two men agreed to continue their conversation with "a common goal of preventing an escalation of violence" and relaunching a political process for stabilizing Syria.
Mrs May's official spokesman refused to be drawn on whether the United Kingdom would support further USA military action, saying it was a "hypothetical question".
Russian Federation has plans to put forward a proposal on Monday for an independent and impartial investigation of the attack, said a spokesman in Berlin for the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Was this a first sign that America's new president was willing to stand up to Putin?
The Moscow Times reports that court papers say that the "gay clown" image "hints at the Russian president's allegedly nonstandard sexual orientation".
He insisted there was "no one harder" than his father if Russian Federation chose to "cross us".
"They're going to try to draw a line around this incident", said Alexander Vershbow, a former USA ambassador to Russian Federation during the George W. Bush administration. Until it was hammered Thursday evening, it had been one of Assad's most important launching pads for airstrikes against rebel-held towns and villages throughout central and northern Syria.
For those who prefer to view the glass as half full, it's hard to see how relations could get any worse.
In the animated video, the politician wears short cut off jeans and clown makeup, saying things like "I like boys" but concluding the video with, "seriously, you must work or I will have you killed". The cards will shake out the way they do but he's tough.
Putin sees the strikes as an attempt to distract the world from the "many" civilian deaths in Iraq, it said - and insisted that the Syrian army did not have any chemical weapons.
Mr Trump said his father's action on Syria showed he was not tied to Russian Federation, as some critics claim.
But Russia and the United States are on opposite sides of so many issues that the White House would certainly have to come to terms with it.
"We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the U.S. The consequences of this for regional and global stability could be extremely serious", Russia's deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday.
Former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, told BBC Newsnight President Trump had acted "foolishly" and the PM needed to restrain him.