Russia responsible by proxy for Syria chemical deaths - Fallon
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 3:51
In addition, Haley said that Trump will try to defeat ISIS and prevent Iran from influencing the situation in Syria.
The Syrian air force resumed flight operations at the base that the U.S. had struck Friday.
The bombing represents Trump's most dramatic military order since taking office, and thrusts the United States administration deeper into the complex Syrian conflict.
It wasn't clear where the strikes were launched from, but the Syrian air force resumed flight operations at the base that the United States had struck Friday, two pro-regime media outlets and an opposition group said Saturday. "We call on Russian Federation to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the global community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated". Haley, for example, questioned why Moscow rushed to Syria's defense so soon after the chemical weapons attack.
At the United Nations on Friday, Russia's deputy ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, strongly criticized what he called the U.S.
"Do they want it to be a relationship of competition and potential conflict", McMaster said.
President Donald Trump's top advisers took to Sunday television talk shows to set the stage for a diplomatic confrontation in Moscow this week when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The White House late Friday refused to say whether its strike on Shayrat airbase was a one-off action or part of a new strategy created to hobble the military capabilities of President Bashar al-Assad.
White House officials caution that Trump is not preparing to plunge the US deeper into Syria.
But he said the United States expected Russian Federation to take a tougher stance 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". "In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government".
The statement comes after the United States struck a Syrian air base with dozens of cruise missiles on April 7 in response to what Washington says was a deadly chemical weapons attack against civilians by President Bashar al-Assad's government.
"By proxy Russian Federation is responsible for every civilian death last week", wrote Fallon in a piece in the Sunday Times newspaper Russian Federation criticized a decision by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to cancel a visit to Moscow this month, saying it showed a lack of understanding of events in Syria.
In a statement Saturday, Johnson said his priority was to continue contact with the U.S. and others in the run-up to a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy on Monday and Tuesday, with the aim of building "coordinated global support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process".
Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the United States strike as "act of aggression" and said it violated global law. Johnson, who condemned Moscow's continued defense of Assad, said Tillerson will be able to give a "clear and coordinated message to the Russians".
He said the relationship between the USA and Russia today will be "whatever the Russians wants it to be".
And Russia's Defense Ministry, which has condemned the USA response, said the toxic chemical were released when a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons arsenal and munitions factory on the town's eastern outskirts.
Saudi Arabia, one of the most vehement opponents of Assad, said the missile barrage was the right response to "the crimes of this regime to its people in light of the failure of the global community to stop it".
"Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russian Federation has stood beside him", Haley told the council.