Iran Seeks Stronger Russia Alliance After US Strikes in Syria

"We deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians", added Johnson.

"And we have to make sure that we're pushing that process".

"We will act when we need to act", she said.

In a series of media interviews on Sunday, Ms Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to link the military strikes to the chemical attack and insist that there had been no change in USA policy.

"There is no change to our military posture" in Syria, Tillerson said on ABC's "This Week" program.

Rouhani added the USA attack was in line with policy to strengthen the terrorists.

Gabriel said information Germany has received suggested state forces were behind the attack.

It came as Iranian news wires reported that Rouhani had also spoken to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday.

A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said any difference in nuance was inadvertent and unintentional, and declined to comment further.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to take a more patient stance in regard to Assad, saying on Saturday that Washington's first priority is the defeat of Islamic State.

"The United States crossed red lines by attacking Syria, from now on we will respond to anyone, including America if it attacks Syria and crosses the red lines", the statement read.

At least 70 people died in what the United States says was a chemical weapons attack in rebel-held Syria.

Writing in the Sunday Times, he said Vladimir Putin's Kremlin was to blame "by proxy" for the attack that killed 87 people, including 20 children, because it was the Syrian president's "principal backer".

The Republican senator said at a press conference in Belgrade that he believes "the Russians knew about chemical weapons because they were operating exactly from the same base".

Russian Federation swiftly condemned last week's attack. But he suggested that Trump was seeking a global political response for regime change from USA allies as well as Russian Federation, which he said needed to reconsider its support of Syria.

John McCain said rhetoric used by the Trump Administration influenced the Syrian government's recent chemical weapons attack that killed about 80 civilians - and prompted President Donald Trump to order a retaliatory strike. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the assault.

But instead of regime change, what we should focus on is humanitarian relief ... "What we're saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions".

Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Friday that Russian Federation was suspending the communications channel which the two sides established in line with a memorandum of understanding on prevention of incidents and ensuring of flight safety in Syrian airspace.

Her comments, made during an interview with CNN on Saturday (8 April), signal a turnaround from the earlier stance of the U.S. that driving out Isis was a bigger priority in Syria than Assad's ouster.

"There is no such thing as Assad yes, but ISIS no", Rubio said.

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