Tillerson, Russia's foreign minister discuss Syria strike

Apr 18, 2017, 01:46
Tillerson, Russia's foreign minister discuss Syria strike

Near the central city of Homs, a bomb exploded aboard a bus carrying workers, killing a woman and wounding more than 20, according to state TV and the Observatory.

U.S. warships in the Mediterranean launched a barrage of 59 cruise missiles at Shayrat airbase in Syria early on Friday, after 87 people including 31 children were killed in a suspected aerial chemical attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhun. "There's little question as to who was responsible for these attacks: It was Bashar al-Assad".

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

"We are prepared to do more".

"We were fully justified in doing so", she said. For that to happen, he said, "this oppressive Assad needs to go". They endorsed a joint call for Russian Federation to abandon Assad.

"The U.S. alerted Russian Federation to make sure their own personnel or equipment were not hit and it would be fair to assume Syria was warned" Tack says.

Neutral countries should investigate whether a chemical weapon was used, and if used, its source should be found, Rouhani said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said the attack was meant to punish Syria for its use of chemical weapons against civilians in a deadly incident this week.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has decided not to visit Moscow as planned on April 10, 2017.

Much of the global community rallied behind Trump's decision to fire the cruise missiles in reaction to this week's chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of men, women and children in Syria.

Standing firm, the Trump administration on Friday signalled new sanctions would soon follow the missile attack, and the Pentagon was even probing whether Russian Federation itself was involved in the chemical weapons assault that compelled President Donald Trump to action.

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

"I discussed these plans in detail with Secretary Tillerson", Johnson said, adding that the United States foreign minister would still visit Moscow as planned following the G7 meeting to "deliver that clear and co-ordinated message to the Russians". He said Tillerson would be able to deliver a "clear and coordinated message to the Russians". The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.

"Unfortunately, there are countries in our own region which encourage America's acts of aggression", Rouhani said in remarks carried by state television. McCain condemned Obama's inaction in 2013 as "one of the great errors of American history", adding, "Nature abhors a vacuum; Barack Obama created vacuums".

There also was an unconfirmed report of a US -led raid against the Islamic State in the countryside around Raqqa, the terror group's de facto capital in Syria.

"I think the president has authorization to use force", he said.