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Warplanes strike Syrian town hit by chemical attack

Warplanes strike Syrian town hit by chemical attack

That attack killed 1,400 people, including 500 children. Assad accused the US of trying to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria.

He stopped short of accusing Russian Federation of being directly involved in the planning or execution of the attack, saying he had not seen "any hard evidence" to suggest the nation was an accomplice to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The meeting in the Tuscan walled city of Lucca brings together the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Britain, Japan and Canada - as well as the USA and current G-7 president Italy.

Johnson added he had discussed his intentions with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will still travel to Moscow after the G7 meeting as originally planned to deliver a "clear and co-ordinated message to the Russians".

Like Iran, Russia accused the United States of encouraging "terrorists" with its air strike.

Syria's government has denied carrying out any chemical attack, and Russia's Defense Ministry said the toxic agents were released when a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons arsenal and munitions factory.

"If the Russians had hopes that the Trump administration would go out of their way to make the relationship better, this obviously makes that more hard", said Vann Van Diepen, a top USA counterproliferation official for the past 25 years. -Russian aims is the fight against terrorism, and Peskov said the American action "creates a serious obstacle for building an global coalition to fight it and to effectively resist this universal evil". He made the comments in a report carried Friday by the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Retired US Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, a CNN military analyst, said the frigate appeared to be a show of force by Russian Federation, which since late 2015 has been conducting airstrikes in Syria against forces opposing the Syrian regime. (The Russian government reacted very negatively to the USA airstrike.) The Trump administration is also looking into whether or not Russia, itself, was involved in the chemical attack.

Graham said he wanted the White House to punish Russian Federation for aiding and abetting the Syrian regime. He said the most ideal process would be a political solution that leads to a transitional government.

The secretary of state is set to travel to Moscow later this week.

Johnson expressed his support to the United States on Friday (April 7) after it fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat airfield near Homs in central Syria. Advisers said he was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the chemical attack.

The decision undercut another campaign promise for Trump: his pledge to try to warm relations with Moscow.

United States officials have said the Pentagon is looking for any evidence the Russian government knew about or was complicit in Tuesday's chemical attack. Trump also had called for Obama to get congressional approval before any attack on Syria. Shortly afterward, officials say the hospital was targeted.

Trump, who is spending the weekend at his Florida resort, tweeted a brief explanation Saturday of why the military didn't strike the runways in its bombardment of the Syrian air field, writing, "they are easy and cheap to quickly fix (fill in and top)!"

The United States has conducted air strikes against Islamic State, which controls territory in eastern and northern Syria, and a small number of USA troops are helping rebel militias.

The war has also entangled Russian Federation and the United States, and sent shock waves through Europe, which streams of Syrian refugees have fled to. I think, from now on, Russian and Bashar al-Assad and Iran and all those, you know, naughty countries around the world will understand that, look, this is America.

Tillerson enraged Moscow by asking if it was possible Russian Federation did not know about Syria's chemical arms, and called on the country to fulfil the obligation it made to the worldwide community to guarantee the elimination of the weapons.


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