Erdogan tells Russian Federation to reconsider support for Assad

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has demanded Russian Federation rein in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, claiming that Moscow is "responsible for every civilian death" in last week's chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhun.

The statement says the two also agreed to continue their cooperation on regional issues, "including the threat posed by North Korea".

It is believed that the strikes were in response to Ivanka Trump being appalled at the results of Assad's chemical attack.

But Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Moscow because Russian Federation wasn't targeted. "This was something that needed to tell Assad, 'Enough is enough, '" she said.

The White House says that Trump spoke with South Korea's Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn about US strikes in Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack by President Bashar Assad's government on civilians.

Lawmakers say President Donald Trump needs to work with Congress on a "long-term" Syria strategy following last week's USA missile strike.

The Security Council was meeting in an emergency session to discuss the USA actions in Syria that Russian Federation branded a "flagrant violation of worldwide law and an act of aggression" against Syria.

Trump said he was sending the letter as part of his efforts "to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution".

"There's a lot of answers that need to come from Russia", Haley said, adding that she thought some of those answers would come during Tillerson's meeting in Moscow.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday about the situation in Syria, a longtime Russian ally, Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on its official Facebook page.

Show host Chuck Todd later pressed Haley over whether or not the administration will release evidence that the chemical weapons attack was indeed spearheaded by the Assad regime.

That city was hit early last week by chemical weapons that authorities say were fired either by Syrian or Russian warplanes, sparking an global outcry and the USA cruise missile retaliation three days later.

Russia's foreign ministry earlier condemned Johnson's decision not to come to Moscow, saying it showed that Britain had "no real influence on the course of worldwide affairs".

He also stressed that while the United Nations has confirmed the Syrian government is in possession of no chemical weapons, attacking Syria under the pretext of using chemical weapons was a sham and a preplanned move.

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