Trump administration sends mixed signals on Syria ahead of G7 meeting
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 2:27
US warships fired 59 cruise missiles at the Syrian air base from which the USA believes the attack was launched.
He said Russian Federation had a choice: to continue backing the "toxic" Assad regime, "or to work with the rest of the world to find a solution for Syria, a political solution".
And the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's leader, Hassan Rouhani, condemned the cruise-missile attack Thursday on Syria's Shayrat airfield and urged the United Nations Security Council to take action against the us for launching the attack that violated "the sovereignty of an independent country".
A senior U.S. official said Monday that the United States has concluded that Russian Federation knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week that killed over 80 people, including dozens of children.
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He is expected to deliver a "clear and coordinated" message to the Kremlin later this week after Mr Johnson cancelled his own visit to the Russian capital following conversations with Mr Trump's team. But Assad's allies, including Russian Federation and Iran, issued a strong statement threatening retaliation and saying the United States strike had crossed "red lines".
"We need to remember that not 10 years ago, but 100 or 120 days ago, the concern in Europe was that the United States and the European Union were moving apart", Alfano told Sky TG24 Sunday. "We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world", he said in short statement.
But he suggested that Trump was seeking a global political response for regime change from US allies as well as Russian Federation, which he said needed to reevaluate its support of Syria.
Both Moscow and Damascus have denied that Assad's forces dropped the chemicals, claiming that the gas was released accidentally when a Syrian airstrike hit a "terrorist warehouse" containing "toxic substances".
A U.K. Foreign Office official said Johnson had told Tillerson that the U.K. felt "the game had changed" since the gas attack and reaffirmed the U.K. government's full support for the US missile strike. "We haven't had one for six years during the Obama administration, and 400,000 civilians have died and millions of people have been displaced internally and externally in Europe and elsewhere". "What we saw was a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, something I think many of us supported", he said.
"But what we did not see is a coherent policy on how we're going to deal with the civil war and also deal with (IS)".
Still, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believed that Trump didn't need to consult with Congress.
"The demonstration of the administration's willingness to use force has the potential to add some leverage to the diplomacy", said Antony Blinken, a deputy to former Secretary of State John Kerry.
Russia, which has been propping up the Assad regime since September 2015 in its fight against anti-government rebels.
Tough economic sanctions targeting Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin were being pressed at a crisis summit by Boris Johnson today. Still, Haley said the US didn't see a peaceful future Syria with Assad in power. "What we saw was a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, something I think many of us supported", he said.