United Kingdom lacks understanding of events in Syria: Russia

Apr 17, 2017, 05:22

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said "terrorists are celebrating" the U.S. strikes on the air base. "It just - if you look at his actions, if you look at the situation, it's going to be hard to see a government that's peaceful and stable with Assad", Haley told CNN's State of the Union in an interview, due to air in full on Sunday (9 April).

In comments for a Sunday broadcast on CBS television ("Face the Nation"), Tillerson said "the first priority is the defeat of ISIS", and "Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria".

McMaster told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace the "president acted decisively" and that while the strike wasn't meant to take out all of Syria's capabilities, "it was a strong signal that the US will not stand idly by".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia's inaction played a part in fuelling a deadly gas attack on Syrian civilians.

Yet, Tillerson was surprisingly visible during last week's announcement of the response to the gruesome chemical attack, fielding questions from reporters on and off camera, and then captured in an official White House photo seated next to President Donald Trump as they heard the result of the 59 cruise missiles that struck a Syrian military base. Johnson said Tillerson will be able to give a "clear and coordinated message to the Russians".

They also vowed to continue and intensify the fight agianst "Takfiri terrorists", which usually refers to Sunni Muslim extremists, including Islamic State (IS) militants. The US military said several Syrian air force jets were destroyed. Russian Federation had its own military personnel at the Syrian military airport that the USA struck with cruise missiles.

Russian Federation maintains a close political and military alliance with President Bashar Assad's government and has been accused of supporting its attacks against Syrians opposed to Assad's rule - something Moscow adamantly denies.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said "getting Assad out is not the only priority" and that countering Iran's influence in Syria was another.

Iran, which has provided crucial military and political support to Assad, meanwhile called for a fact-finding mission to determine what caused the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

"If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, to dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good, and to get fully engaged with the United Nations peacekeeping progress". Obama got his Iran Deal, which will likely prove as effective as the Syrian chemical weapons agreement.

"Our priority in Syria ... really hasn't changed".

Damascus and Moscow denied Syrian forces were behind the gas attack but Western countries dismissed their explanation that chemicals leaked from a rebel weapons depot after an air strike.

When asked about Washington's anti-Russia sanctions, the US Secretary of State said "there is no reason to be lifting sanctions".