Tillerson Gives Russia Ultimatum: Side With The US Or Iran

"The failure related to the recent strike and the recent bad chemical weapons attack in large measure is a failure on Russia's part to achieve its commitment to the global community", he added. And so what we're trying to do is obviously defeat ISIS.

The United States has conducted air strikes against Islamic State, which controls territory in eastern and northern Syria, and a small number of USA troops are helping rebel militias.

"They agreed that US Secretary of State Tillerson's visit to Moscow this week provides an opportunity to make progress towards a solution which will deliver a lasting political settlement".

"We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared.in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using [chemical weapons]", Putin said, according to Reuters.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Russian Federation, and Assad ally Iran, must be involved in any peace process to end Syria's six-year civil war.

He said Russian Federation will appeal to the United Nations to investigate the chemical attack.

NIKKI HALEY, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: There's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime.

The comments represented a departure from what Haley had said before the United States hit a Syrian air base with 59 Tomahawk missiles on Thursday in retaliation for what it said was a chemical weapons attack by Assad's forces on Syrian civilians.

He also warned it would "strengthen terrorists" and further add to "the complexity of the situation in Syria and the region". Erdogan stressed that the Syrian regime still has chemical weapons, adding that he will look to bring that up in all worldwide gatherings.

Trump officials on April 7 signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack earlier in the day, and that the Pentagon was even looking into whether Russian Federation had a role in the chemical-weapons attack that prompted Washington to launch 59 cruise missiles in its first-ever assault against Assad's regime.

"There's a playbook in Washington that presidents are supposed to follow", then-President Obama said a year ago, defending his decision not to unilaterally strike Syria in 2013.

"What we're saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions", McMaster said.

He said Russian Federation was set to appeal to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and "call on the global community to thoroughly investigate such incidents".

And why was the 2013 chemical weapons attack, which, as you know, was deadlier, not a trigger for him in terms of the principle of action in Syria?

  • Leroy Wright