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Russia criticizes UK decision to cancel Johnson visit to Moscow

Russia criticizes UK decision to cancel Johnson visit to Moscow

But instead of regime change, what we should focus on is humanitarian relief ...

"I think the real failure here has been Russia's failure to live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements that were entered into in 2013", Tillerson said.

WALLACE: So, there is a possibility that President Trump, you are saying - leaving it wide open that he will act against President Assad if he goes against civilians no matter what weapon he uses?

He said the United Kingdom continues to "deplore" Moscow's defence of Assad's regime as he pulled out of talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. While Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, described regime change in Syria as a US priority and inevitable, Tillerson suggested that last week's American air strikes in retaliation for the chemical attack hadn't really changed USA priorities toward ousting Assad.

USA warships deployed to the eastern Mediterranean launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles against Shayrat Airfield, southeast of the western Syrian city of Homs, on Friday. A spokesman for the Russian defense ministry said the USA had no proof of chemical weapons at the air base.

"If he needs to do more, he will do more", Haley told Tapper. The President saw the evidence.

The Kremlin meanwhile said Russia's president, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, his Iranian counterpart, agreed in a telephone call that that USA aggression against Syria was not permissible and violated worldwide law.

The decision not to go to Russian Federation was made after consulting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and instead Johnson will meet with his fellow G7 counterparts to talk about Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Turkey's foreign minister said Sunday that Turkey has no obligation to take a side in any dispute between the USA and Russian Federation.

Haley echoed his comments in somewhat harsher tones on "State of the Union".

Russian Federation is a close ally of President Bashar al Assad, and Mr Lavrov told Mr Tillerson that assertions the Syrian military used a chemical weapon in Idlib province on Tuesday do not correspond to reality. Although American officials have predicted that the strikes would result in a major shift of Assad's calculus, they appeared to be symbolic in practice.

Mr Tillerson said on Sunday that Russia's inaction had allowed the chemical attack to take place.

"This is part of the problem with Syria, Russia's sponsorship of [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's] murderous regime". "Or do they want it to be a relationship in which we can find areas of cooperation that are in our mutual interest?" Why they are supporting a regime that is committing mass murder against its own people.

Saturday's phone call was the first between the top diplomats of Russian Federation and the USA since the strikes on the Syrian airfield.

US Secretary of State Tillerson is due to arrive in Moscow on Tuesday for two days of talks.


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