Russian Federation and Iran affirm commitment to Assad
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 20:13
"I call for a military retreat from Syria by everyone", he said. Instead, the strikes hit aircraft, fuel storage, weapons dumps and other equipment, aiming to send a message to the Syrian regime that any use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated, the official said. "From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well", the group was quoted as saying in a statement Sunday.
But he backed calls for an independent inquiry into the suspected chemical weapons attack.
Before Trump unleashed American Tomahawks on Assad's air assets, Russian Federation harbored notions of the new American president as pliant, perhaps even a patsy.
US President Donald Trump ordered the strikes after he blamed Assad for this week's chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.
Trump and as other world leaders have blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the attack, saying, "there can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention, and ignored the urging of the United Nations security counsel".
They said the USA actions against a sovereign state violatied worldwide law and called for an objective, unbiased investigation of all the circumstances of the chemical weapons incident, the statement said.
Turkey, a key backer of the Syrian opposition, has thrown its weight behind a stuttering peace process in the Kazakh capital, Astana, which it hopes will pave a way for a political solution to Syria's devastating war.
As I said, again, taking this action, I support and was important.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, meanwhile, canceled his planned Monday visit to Moscow, citing developments in Syria.
The Syrian military denied using any chemical agents, while its ally Russian Federation said - without providing evidence - that an air strike hit a storage facility where rebels were keeping chemical weapons.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been a staunch ally to Assad, and Russia became more involved on his behalf in 2015, tipping the scales in favor of Assad's government.
He had planned to travel to Russia Monday on a trip meant to start fresh dialogue with the Russian government.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blames Russia's inaction for helping fuel a deadly poison attack against Syrian civilians last week. Tillerson is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow next week.
"I don't draw conclusions of complicity at all, but clearly they've been incompetent and perhaps they've just simply been out-maneuvered by the Syrians".
Rouhani called for "an independent commission" by "impartial countries" into the claims. Assad accused the USA of trying to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria.
"Those attacks did not reduce the regime's ability to kill civilians. You wasted $100 million on a fruitless attack and inched closer to global war".
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather spoke out about President Trump's missile strike in Syria on Friday, critical of media figures who were quick to say that the strike was a presidential move. "Why they're supporting a regime that commits mass murder against its own people".
Lindsey Graham said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's decision to launch warplanes from Shayrat Airfield just hours after it was bombed by USA cruise missiles was a "huge mistake".