Trump team talks more possible Syria attacks, Russia's role
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 11:24
The United States accused Russian Federation on Tuesday of trying to shield Syria's leader from blame for a deadly poison gas attack last week, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought a Western message to Moscow condemning its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
On Sunday, Haley said "we don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there".
The other G-7 members - Germany, France, Britain, Canada, Japan and current president Italy - are also trying to grasp what the US administration's foreign policy is, amid conflicting signals from Washington.
The goal of the attack was to send a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad and its ally Russian Federation that the US wouldn't tolerate the use of chemical weapons, he continued.
"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 Tuesday morning, when asked if he expected more USA airstrikes in Syria.
"Why Russia has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me", Tillerson said.
Washington has long backed rebels fighting Assad in a multi-sided civil war that has killed more than 400,000 people and driven half of Syrians from their homes since 2011.
Cavusoglu, whose country is a strong backer of the Syrian opposition, said the most ideal process will be a political solution that leads to a transitional government accepted by all Syrians as soon as possible. He also said the top US priority in the region hasn't changed and remained the defeat of Islamic State militants.
Before flying to Moscow, the US secretary of state also declared that "Russia can play an important role" in building a stable and secure future for Syria, according to Ansa news agency.
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.
From Italy, Tillerson will travel to Moscow, becoming the first Trump administration official to visit Russian Federation.
"This is a great opportunity for the Russian leadership to reevaluate what they are doing", he said, "why they are supporting a regime that is committing mass murder against its own people".
"We have 15 years of a foreign policy that have been a total disaster, that has blown up in Iraq and Lybia and Syria", he added.
Mr Trump ordered a strike by 59 cruise missiles on the base in America's first direct attack against the Syrian government.
While he did not rule out the future use of military force, he said the United States administration was mindful of "the lessons of what went wrong in Libya when you choose that pathway of regime change". And over the weekend, the prime minister of Russia, Medvedev, wrote, the U.S.is, quote, "on the verge of a military clash with Russia".
But according to Haley, Russia's faulty claims were made to simply cover for Assad.