Russian, Iranian presidents denounce USA strikes against Syria

Posted April 20, 2017

Also on Sunday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said U.S. President Donald Trump was discussing with members of his administration the possibility of sanctioning Russian Federation and Iran for supporting the Syrian government. "There's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime", she told the "State of the Union" program.

Haley said that the Trump administration's view was that a political solution would not happen with Assad in power, though she stopped short of saying Assad's departure was now official United States policy.

On Sunday Tillerson blamed Russian Federation for enabling the poison gas attack by failing to follow through on a 2013 agreement to secure and destroy chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria.

It prompted President Donald Trump to order a missile strike on an airfield held by the regime. Back in 2013, Trump tweeted that then-President Barack Obama shouldn't intervene in Syria.

Tillerson said the U.S. priority in Syria was defeating Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS. We don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there, " Haley said on CNN. The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons.

"After seeing images of the horrific aftermath of the chemical attack, Trump ordered a bombardment of the Shayrat airbase in western Syria, which the United States believes was the launchpad for the strike".

"Regime change is something that we think is going to happen because all of the parties are going to see that Assad is not the leader that needs to be taking place for Syria". And Haley, too, said Washington's priority was "no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out". "Vladimir Putin and Hasan Rouhani spoke in favor of an objective, unbiased investigation of all the circumstances of the chemical weapons incident on April 4 in the Syrian province of Idlib".

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Sunday played down concerns of a rift with Russian Federation over Ankara's support for the strike, saying Turkey was committed to the cease-fire mechanisms it has developed with Russian Federation for Syria. He said allegations that al-Assad's regime was behind a chemical weapons attack were "baseless" and suggested it was carried out by rebel groups to influence global public opinion.

However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Moscow as planned after the G7 meeting in Italy on April 10-11. On the same day, Tillerson said on a trip to Turkey that the "longer-term status of Assad would be decided by the Syrian people". "What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines". Meanwhile, ISIL militants launched two suicide attacks on USA -backed Syrian rebels near the border with Iraq, leaving at least 12 dead in the fighting and many wounded, rebels sources said on April 9.