Boris Johnson to call for tougher Russian Federation sanctions over Syria

Apr 14, 2017, 10:42
Boris Johnson to call for tougher Russian Federation sanctions over Syria

McCain referred to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson comments in March that "the longer-term status" of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be decided by the Syrian people, McCain said, "I think it probably was partially to blame".

Later in the interview, Hassoun explained that he, and most other Syrian refugees, just want Assad kicked out of power so that he and the millions of others displaced by the brutal civil war can go back to their homeland.

Britain to demand "very punitive sanctions" on Russian Federation at a G7 foreign ministers meeting.

Victims of the chemical weapons attack lie on the ground in Khan Sheikhoun, in the northern province of Idlib, Syria, April 4, 2017.

U.S. Secretary State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow Tuesday with less ammunition than Washington and London had hoped he would have in his bid to convince Russian Federation to abandon Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

Putin and Rouhani said they were ready to deepen cooperation to fight terrorism and called for a diplomatic resolution to the war in Syria, according to Russian authorities.

In the aftermath of the United States strike on the Shayrat airbase in western Syria, Russia pledged to help strengthen Syria's air defenses.

'President Assad has now shown once more that he can not be trusted to protect his own people'.

The G7 foreign ministers, led by Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, are reportedly ready to offer Moscow the chance to rejoin the G8 if it complies with the demand. Besides, under a Russian-US deal after the east Ghouta sarin gas incident in 2013, Damascus joined the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and agreed to destroy its stockpile under Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) oversight.

"The United States crossed red lines by attacking Syria, from now on we will respond to anyone, including America if it attacks Syria and crosses the red lines", the statement read.

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed to press Russian Federation to distance itself from Assad following the chemical attack by imposing targeted sanctions, but Germany and Italy, both leading G-7 nations, disagreed.

"When Obama said he will make Assad stop [using chemical weapons] and he gave him a fake red line, Bashar al-Assad started to kill people again and again and again", Hassoun said.