Russia knew in advance of Syrian chemical attack

Apr 13, 2017, 00:52
Russia knew in advance of Syrian chemical attack

Two days after the U.S. launched military strikes on a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack widely blamed on the Assad regime, Haley said Assad's departure was inevitable.

"We can not let this happen again", Tillerson said of the chemical attack.

But he has stopped short of calling for Assad's removal from office.

Growing tensions with North Korea are also expected to be on the agenda, as the United States moves a navy strike group near the Korean peninsula amid concerns over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. So what we're trying to do is obviously defeat ISIS.

First, Tillerson stopped in Italy to discuss the violence in Syria with a much friendlier audience: other G-7 foreign ministers. Thirdly, get the Iranian influence out.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country was also ready to stiffen sanctions on Moscow.

"It's very hard to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime", McMaster said on "Fox News Sunday".

McCain said Assad is "a war criminal and must go". I can tell you he is tough and he won't be pushed around.

The decision to carry out strikes against the regime and the change in tone from Haley follows Trump's comments that the chemical attack "crossed a lot of lines for me". Aides later clarified that this "did not signal a change in Administration policy". USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested regime change in Syria was inevitable. Still, Haley said the USA didn't see a peaceful future for Syria with Assad in power. In fact, an administration official was cited telling the Associated Press that it actually helped Syria cover up its use of the illegal weapon. An additional 30 percent say they are OK with airstrikes - but many of them apparently want authorization first.

Just 18 percent approve of US ground troops in Syria.

Trump previously disapproved of intervening in Syria while he was on the campaign trail, AP reported.

Tillerson also said the cease-fire talks that Russian Federation and Iran have helped broker in the Kazakh capital, Astana, could generate momentum toward broader talks about a political transition - if the Astana talks succeed in creating a durable cease-fire. The U.S. and others have said that Russian Federation bears responsibility for the deaths of civilians at the hands of Assad given Moscow's role in guaranteeing the 2013 deal in which Assad was supposed to have given up his chemical weapons arsenal. "First of all there was a campaign launched in Iraq and it finished with the destruction of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the emergence of ISIS on the global area, no less than that", he told reporters after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Moscow.

Where does the USA stand on Syria now?

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine believes that militarization of the Crimean peninsula and its use for Russian military operations in Syria constitutes a grave threat to European security", the statement said.

Mr Johnson said Mr Tillerson would offer a "re-set" of relations between Moscow and the West, with an opportunity for the Russians to join the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State.

"Now is the right moment to talk about how we can push for a peace process in Syria within the worldwide community - with Russian Federation, with Iran, with Saudi Arabia, with Europe, with the United States", he said as he arrived.

Until Monday, U.S. officials had said they weren't sure if the drone was operated by Russian Federation or Syria.

"Russia has failed to uphold the agreements that have been entered into under multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions", Tillerson said. Putin says militants are preparing more "provocations" to blame Damascus. The talks also include the search for solutions for the conflicts in the Middle East country, in Yemen and Libya, among others, affirms the official document.

Trump tweeted in defense on Saturday night that targeting a runway made little sense and they were easily repaired.

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