Turkey need not choose between Russia, US: Cavusoglu

Russia's foreign ministry earlier condemned Johnson's decision not to come to Moscow, saying it showed that Britain had "no real influence on the course of worldwide affairs".

Russian Federation should end its support for "toxic" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday ahead of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy.

Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, pushing Iranian influence out of Syria, and the removal of Assad are priorities for the U.S. administration, Nikki Haley said in an interview to CNN, which will air in full on Sunday.

The US will keep up pressure to remove Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. "If we would want to appeal rationally to Russia", McMaster said.

The Indian-origin diplomat's remarks came days after the United States on 6 April unleashed 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase in a retaliating for the Assad-led government's alleged chemical weapons attack that killed almost 80 persons in Idlib province.

This week's airstrike "was a message to Bashar al-Assad that your multiple violations of your agreements at the United Nations, your agreements under the chemical weapons charter back in 2013, that those would not go without a response in the future", he said.

"Regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria".

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for an immediate investigation into the alleged gas attack carried out by the Syrian regime on the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Sadr said the USA strikes would "drag the region to war" and could help "the expansion of Daesh", the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which controls parts of Iraq and Syria.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said Russian Federation is responsible for "every civilian death" in Bashar Assad's chemical weapons attack on his own people.

"I discussed these plans in detail with Secretary Tillerson", Johnson said, adding that the United States foreign minister would still visit Moscow as planned following the G7 meeting to "deliver that clear and co-ordinated message to the Russians".

Russian Federation and Iran renewed their support for the Syrian government in a flurry of calls on Sunday, saying last week's USA missile strike violated Syrian sovereignty but failed to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria.

On North Korea's nuclear capability, Tillerson said Kim Jong Un "has made significant advancements in delivery systems, and that is what concerns us the most".

At least 80 people died in Tuesday's chemical explosion in the town of Khan Shaykhun, which Russian Federation and Syria said was caused by an airstrike on a militant-controlled depot.

  • Leroy Wright