Rouhani, Putin Slam US Aggression on Syria

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (right) said in an interview that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration's priorities in the country wrecked by civil war.

"We're prepared to do more".

The Kremlin said the phone call took place on Iran's initiative.

Mr Tillerson's comments came just days after the USA fired dozens of cruise missiles at the Syrian airbase that was allegedly used in the chemical attack, escalating the US' role in Syria and drawing criticism from Mr Assad's allies including Russian Federation and Iran.

Assad's office said the government would re double its efforts against rebel groups after the United States strike - the first direct military action by Washington against the Damascus regime. "And so I think this is what our secretary of state will be exploring with the Russian leadership this week, and the president is determined to do everything he can to advance American interests".

Members of Trump's administration have hinted that the not done intervening in Syria.

. So Trump's decision to launch the strikes - which President Barack Obama declined to do after a 2013 chemical attack - has raised optimism among rebels that Trump will more directly confront Assad.

"When this chemical weapons murder happened to so many people, Russia's reaction was not, 'Oh, how disgusting, ' or 'How could they do this to innocent children, ' or 'How terrible is that?'" Haley said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Still, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believed that Trump didn't need to consult with Congress.

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Mr Tillerson is likely to raise the issue of the continued use of chemical weapons in Moscow this week. "Assad signed the chemical weapons treaty ban".

The Australian government hopes that the United States will convince Russian Federation to stop supporting Assad, Bishop underlined.

The Conservative minister has been criticised for pulling out of planned talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov following discussions with the US.

Earlier this year, Assad said that the country's government had never used weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons, against the Syrian people.

But the missile strike had a second message, Haley said.

But he said Turkey could not "remain silent" on the Syrian government's chemical weapons use, and insisted Moscow work with Ankara to establish a transitional government in Damascus.

McMaster, Cornyn and Cardin spoke on "Fox News Sunday", Tillerson appeared on ABC's "This Week" and CBS' "Face the Nation", Haley and Graham were on NBC's "Meet the Press" and Haley also appeared on CNN's "State of the Union".

Other reports by VgToday

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