United Kingdom defence minister: Russian Federation responsible by proxy for Syria chemical deaths

Coming closer to embracing regime change in Syria, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said that with President Bashar al-Assad in power, Syria will not know peace, CNN reported Sunday.

The hope, he said, is that "we can navigate a political outcome in which the Syrian people, in fact, will determine Bashar al-Assad's fate and his legitimacy".

US Secretary of State Tillerson wille meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, just days after the US fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for the chemical attack.

US President Trump said inaction was not an option after seeing photographs of the victims of the chemical attack but the feigned piousness who has tried to so hard to keep all Syrian refugees out of the US will not find many takers.

While threatening further strikes, the US envoy also said it was time to press on with a political solution to the six-year war.

Syria's government has denied carrying out any chemical attack, and Russia's Defence Ministry said the toxic agents were released when a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons arsenal and munitions factory.

Referring to Russia, Sir Michael wrote: "This latest war crime happened on their watch. We call on Russian Federation to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the worldwide community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated".

USA officials have blamed Russian Federation for the attack saying that it had a responsibility to enforce the 2013 deal that obliged Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

At least six people are reported to have been killed in the missile strikes in the early hours of Friday.

"Unfortunately, there are countries in our own region which encourage America's acts of aggression", Rouhani said in remarks carried by state television.

Critics accused him of being "Washington's poodle" after the trip was cancelled following discussions with USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who will go ahead with a planned trip to Russian Federation to "deliver that clear and co-ordinated" message to the Kremlin.

The previous day US President Donald Trump said pictures of the Khan Sheikhun victims in agony, had "an enormous impact" on him.

USA -backed rebels groups have long pleaded for more US intervention and complained that Washington has only fought the Islamic State group.

As the Arab League on Saturday warned against a "dangerous escalation" in Syria, influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr called on Assad to step down and on Washington and Moscow to stop intervening in the conflict. "The political solution has to come together for the good of the people of Syria", she said.

It said Lavrov and his U.S. counterpart agreed to continue discussions on Syria in person.

"Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated", Tillerson said, "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria".

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