How Assad Pushed Russian, U.S. Involvement In Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 13:10
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has branded Russian Federation a "super villain" in Syria as he told Moscow it still has time to be on the "right side of the argument" in the conflict.
Johnson recently canceled a visit to Russia over the alleged chemical attack and has pushed for increased sanctions against the Syrian and Russian militaries.
Johnson said Assad used chemical weapons because they are "terrifying".
Johnson was widely criticized for failing to get the G7 to back his bid for new sanctions against senior Russian and Syrian figures following the chemical weapons attack in Syria's Idlib province that killed dozens and caused an global outcry.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Johnson said the defence was "absurd and mendacious" and described the premier as an "arch-terrorist" and "literally and metaphorically toxic".
Uzumcu said on Thursday he expected its fact-finding mission into the reported Khan Shaykhun attack to complete its work within the next two to three weeks. "They still have time to be on the right side of the argument", he added.
"Within the framework of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations, we will insist on the immediate dispatch of inspectors both to the site of the incident and the airbase where our western colleagues claim missiles were loaded with chemical substances", Lavrov said.
Syria has denied it carried out a chemical-weapons attack, but US and other Western leaders have said there was no doubt Assad's government was responsible for the attack that killed at least 70 people. "He has won back most of "operational" Syria". The Kremlin has rebuffed USA demands to abandon its ally Assad.
His government's choice to use force in response to mass protests that began in 2011 escalated to a deadly chemical attack on April 4. Speaking through an exclusive interview, Mr. Trump reiterates that the government's policy has not changed.