Strike on Syria's Idlib kills 18, including five children

He said Russian Federation should also be asked how it didn't know that Syria was planning a chemical attack since it had advisers at the Syrian airfield.

He had planned to travel to Russia Monday on a trip meant to start fresh dialogue with the Russian government.

"I'm hopeful that we can have constructive talks with the Russian government, with Foreign Minister Lavrov and have Russia be supportive of a process that will lead to a stable Syria".

"I think the real failure here has been Russia's failure to live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements that were entered into in 2013", Tillerson said.

Talking on ABC's "This Week" programme, Mr Tillerson - who is expected in Moscow tomorrow for talks with Russian officials - said the USA expected Russia to take a tougher stance against Syria by rethinking its alliance with Mr Assad because "every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility".

According to Syria's opposition-run health authority, 89 people, including 33 children and 18 women, died in the suspected nerve agent attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday.

In his first televised interview, H.R. McMaster pointed to dual US goals of defeating the Islamic State group and removing Assad from power.

Instead, the decision to blast 60 Tomahawk missiles from a US Navy destroyer to wreak havoc inside Syria sends an entirely different signal that will put Damascus and other rogue regimes on notice and shape relations with Syria's ally and protector Russian Federation just as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to visit Moscow.

The two leaders noted the importance of continuing close cooperation in the political and diplomatic settlement of the Syrian civil war, the statement said.

In response, the US fired 59 Tomahawk missiles early Friday at a Syrian military air base American officials believe was used to carry out the attack, the Pentagon said. He said that for that "this oppressive Assad needs to go".

Syrian army forces had been losing ground across the country until Russian Federation intervened militarily in September 2015, propping up Assad and protecting its own interests in the region.

The Turkish foreign minister, whose country is a strong backer of the Syrian opposition, said the USA missile strikes were not enough.

The heads of the general staffs of Iran and Russian Federation, a close ally of Assad, spoke by telephone on Saturday and condemned the USA strikes as "blatant aggression. aimed at slowing a trend of victories by Syria's army and its allies and boosting the terrorists' morale", Iran's state news agency IRNA said.

"What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines".

"U.S. strikes show needed resolve against barbaric chemical attacks".

Activists and state media said a separate airstrike by the US -led coalition on the northern IS-held village of Hneida killed at least 14 civilians, including children. The Sound and Picture group said the airstrike hit an internet cafe, killing 14 people.

The official Saudi Press Agency is reporting that U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with King Salman about the U.S. missile strike on Syria.

Saudi Arabia said the missile launch by Trump was the right response to "the crimes of this regime to its people in light of the failure of the worldwide community to stop it".

The kingdom is among the most vehement opponents of Assad and supports Sunni rebel groups fighting to oust him.

  • Zachary Reyes