Russian, Iranian presidents denounce U.S. strikes against Syria

  • Russian, Iranian presidents denounce U.S. strikes against Syria

Russian, Iranian presidents denounce U.S. strikes against Syria

The comments from Tillerson and Haley suggested that the airstrikes Trump ordered punishing Assad for using chemical weapons would not lead to any immediate change in US strategy toward Syria.

"Haley indicated in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" that the United States does not see a peaceful political resolution for Syria's civil war as long as Assad remains in power".

"You used the initials, but I think that's a first for Meet The Press", a stunned Chuck Todd said immediately after.

Nothing "is off the table at this point", she added.

However, on Saturday, Mr Johnson cancelled the visit, attacking the Kremlin and saying he would instead focus on building support with allies to secure a ceasefire in war-torn Syria.

"Don't you believe Bashar al-Assad bears any responsibility for the horrific deaths that have occurred in his own country?"

"We call on Russian Federation to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the global community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated".

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On Friday morning, the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from its warships in the eastern Mediterranean, targeting Syria's Shayrat airbase near Homs.

President Donald Trump launched the first USA direct attack against the Assad government early Friday local time.

The US is not backing down, with its United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley telling a security council meeting that Washington had taken "a very measured step" but was ready to go further.

Addressing the UN Council meeting, Syria's Deputy UN Ambassador Mounzer Mounzer reiterated the country's stand that they "would never use such weapons in any of its operations against armed terrorist groups".

The official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said a Russian drone was spotted flying overhead of a Syrian hospital where victims were taken to be treated after the attack.

Their comments highlight the degree to which questions remain about the nature of USA policy in Syria after President Donald Trump authorized missile strikes against a government air base believed to have been involved in the deployment of chemical weapons against civilians last week.

But, he added, there is no "hard evidence that connects the Russians directly to the planning or execution of this particular chemical weapons attack".