Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Russian President - Serious Blow To Russian-US Relations

Russian President - Serious Blow To Russian-US Relations

"The United States crossed red lines by attacking Syria, from now on we will respond to anyone, including America if it attacks Syria and crosses the red lines", the statement read.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will meet counterparts from leading nations in Italy for talks on Monday focusing on pressuring Moscow to pull out of Syria and ending Bashar al-Assad's grip on power.

Russian Federation and Iran have backed Assad in Syria's six-year-long conflict, as has the Shia militia Hezbollah.

Tillerson said the United States is hopeful it can help bring parties together to begin the process of hammering out a political solution.

Residents of the Syrian town devastated by a chemical-weapons attack last week said that warplanes had returned to bomb them Saturday as Turkey described a retaliatory US assault as "cosmetic" unless it removed President Bashar Assad from power.

"We denounce the U.S. missile strike on Syria and regard it as a flagrant violation of an independent country's sovereignty (and) a measure that needs to be addressed and condemned in the UN Security Council", Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with Putin on Sunday. "He is poisoning the innocent people of Syria with weapons that were banned 100 years ago - and he is poisoning the reputation of Russian Federation", he said.

The Syrian Center for Policy Research, however, put the death toll from the six-year conflict at more than 470,000 people.

The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin believes the U.S. strike is an "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law".

"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.

The Trump administration's missile strikes in response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria have received support from both political parties back home.

Western leaders blamed Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian President who is being supported militarily by Russian Federation in the civil war, for the attack.

Referring to its defense of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the group warned that they would support Syria and its people "with all means that we have".

The president also mentioned Turkish government statements saying that the use of a nerve agent was detected during the treatment of chemical weapons attack victims on the Turkey-Syria border in the presence of World Health Organization (WHO) experts.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday about the situation in Syria, a longtime Russian ally.

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