Boris Johnson to call for tougher Russian Federation sanctions over Syria

Of the USA missile strike on Assad, the senior official said: "We don't yet know if this is a one-time effort or not". Johnson expressed his support to the United States yesterday after it fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat airfield near Homs in central Syria.

It killed at least 87 civilians, including 31 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor.

Tony Blinken, who served as deputy national security adviser under President Obama, told CNN President Trump was right for retaliating against Syria over the regime's use of chemical weapons on its own people.

He said the United States expected Russian Federation to take a tougher stance against Syria by rethinking its alliance with Assad because "every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russian Federation closer into some level of responsibility". But Johnson said in a statement that "developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally".

Russian Federation condemned the us airstrikes as an "act of aggression". However, there were no reports of further use of chemical weapons.

The trip planned by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will still go ahead later in the week, with Johnson leading efforts to bring together a coalition against Russian action in Syria and the regime of Bashar Assad. He asserted that the USA strikes were aimed at weakening the Syrian army and allowing the Islamic State to launch attacks on areas near the air base.

Many Syrians opposed to Assad's rule consider Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iranian-backed troops as occupiers seeking to drive out mainly Sunni Syrians from the areas they live in. The province remains a primary target Syrian and Russian jet fighters.

But Saturday brought fresh reminders that a single USA attack would hardly dissuade Assad from his brutal campaign to crush a six-year rebellion that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, meanwhile, said Assad's continuation as Syrian leader must be confronted by the world.

In a statement, he also criticized USA and Russian intervention in the country.

The kingdom is among the most vehement opponents of Assad and supports Sunni rebel groups fighting to oust him.

"I think the real failure here has been Russia's failure to live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements that were entered into in 2013", Tillerson said. America today is different from before.

The White House described the attack as a "warning shot" that was "necessary and appropriate" following Mr al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians in rebel-held town Idlib earlier this week.

He said he is also concerned that praise Trump is receiving for the attack could lead to an escalation, given Trump's "track record of impulsive and immature decision making" and the president's possible belief now that he has a free pass to make decisions unilaterally.

Ms Bishop said the attack on the base from which the chemical weapons attack took place was a "proportionate, calibrated and targeted". "Those days are over", the United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, told a special session of the UN security council.

Haley said "getting Assad out is not the only priority" and that countering Iran's influence in Syria was another.

Turkey indicated on Saturday it hoped the Trump administration would do more.

On Capitol Hill, reaction to Trump's action has been mixed, with Republican leaders endorsing the president's belief he did not need congressional approval to act.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-Ariz.: This was a response that was required in response to the commission of war crimes.

SEN. EDWARD MARKEY, D-Mass.: The president has made a 180-degree pivot in one week on what the United States' role should be in Syria. Assad did this because he thought he could get away with it.

JUDY WOODRUFF: We will get a deeper assessment of the USA strike, and its implications, right after the news summary.

  • Leroy Wright