Australian Foreign Minister Urges Russia to Cease Support of Syrian President

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 20, 2017

Western countries have blamed Assad's armed forces for the airborne attack dispersing what appeared to be a nerve agent on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, killing more than 86 people.

"We want to continue our efforts with Russian Federation in the Astana process in terms of measures to increase trust and establish a cease-fire", he told reporters in Antalya, according to the Anadolu state news agency.

Haley's remarks represented a departure from what she said before the United States hit a Syrian air base with 59 Tomahawk missiles on Thursday in retribution for what it said was a chemical weapons attack by Assad's forces on Syrian civilians, a few days ago.

Meanwhile, US national security adviser Lieutenant-General H R McMaster described the US' goals to defeat IS as well as ousting Mr Assad as somewhat "simultaneous".

"The world is waiting for the Russian government to act responsibly in Syria", Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, said during an emergency Security Council session.

"It is time for Russian Federation to withdraw its support for Assad so we can work a political solution to bring some kind of peace to this troubled land", Bishop told the ABC broadcaster.

"The question now is what the consequences and reactions will be, and what are the president's strategic and long-range goals and plans with respect to US involvement in Syria", said Sen.

The official Saudi Press Agency earlier reported that the king had complimented Trump in their telephone conversation for his "courageous decision".

Iran and Russian Federation have been the key backers of Assad and refer to all Syrian opposition groups as "terrorists".

Saudi Arabia, one of the most vehement opponents of Assad, said the missile barrage was the right response to "the crimes of this regime to its people in light of the failure of the global community to stop it".

The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria for its information, says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions used.

While the U.S. cruise missile strikes early on Friday were in retaliation for the gas attack, Mr Lavrov accused America of threatening global security.

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.

As the debate continues on whether Trump should or shouldn't have acted with Congress, Trump has chose to respond.

"We don't believe we need dialogue with London more than (London) needs it (with us)".

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