Boris Johnson cancels visit to Moscow due April 10 - Foreign Office
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 19:22
Standing firm, the Trump administration on Friday signaled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action.
If confirmed to be a chemical attack, this would be among the worst such incidents in Syria's civil war, which has killed more than 320,000 people since it began in March 2011.
The Russian and Iranian army chiefs vowed Saturday (Apr 8) to keep battling "terrorists" in Syria, a day after a United States missile onslaught on a Syrian airbase following a suspected chemical weapons attack.
Russian state media reported that a frigate, the Admiral Grigorovich, would call at a logistics base at Tartus, Syria.
Less than 24 hours after the U.S. strike, Syrian jets took off from the targeted base and bombed nearby rebel targets, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict via a network of contacts on the ground.
Syrian forces and its allies worked to fix the runway quickly, in order for warplanes to take-off of it, which came as a moral response to targeting the airbase with the American missiles. Syria called the operation "an aggression" that killed at least six people.
The decision was made after consultation with Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, about how to deal with the developing situation on Friday night.
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".
US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he was preparing further economic sanctions against Syria.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump would not "telegraph his next move".
Cohen, a conservative critic of Trump's foreign policy who has chided Tillerson for his reticence, said he saw Tillerson growing into the job.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson canceled a planned trip to Russian Federation because of fast-moving events in Syria.
Mr Tillerson will still go ahead with a visit to Moscow to deliver a "clear and co-ordinated" message to the Russians, Mr Johnson said.
"My priority is now to continue contact with the USA and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April - to build coordinated global support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process".
A U.S. military official told CNN the Pentagon was examining specifically whether a Russian warplane had bombed a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun five hours after the initial chemical attack, with the aim of destroying evidence.
Dr. Miller said he did not believe the attack would make much of a difference in the ongoing conflict in Syria.
US ambassador to the United Nations and former SC governor Nikki Haley told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday morning that in the wake of the strike on Syria all options remain on the table should America need to act again.
Russian Federation has condemned U.S. missile strikes on an airbase at Shayrat as an act of "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law".
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