Putin wants United Nations investigation of Syria attack

Cheryl Sanders
April 12, 2017

Vladimir Putin claimed fake chemical weapons attacks in Damascus were being planned as a possible justification for further U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

"That's why we are not presupposing how that occurs", Tillerson added.

Any such action risks a igniting a confrontation with Russian Federation and Iran.

Johnson's team claimed success nonetheless, insisting that sanctions on military chiefs would likely follow, once there is more evidence of the Assad regime's culpability for last week's chemical attack in which 89 people were killed.

Despite heightened tensions between the United States and Russian Federation, the foreign ministry has said it continued to hope for "productive talks" with Mr Tillerson. -Russian relationship, but "for the overall atmosphere on the world stage".

Putin has traditionally met with the US Secretary of State on their visits to Moscow. He was awarded Russia's "Order of Friendship" by Putin in 2012.

A senior Trump administration official called Putin's remarks part of a Russian "disinformation campaign".

"We can not let this happen again", Tillerson said of the chemical attack. Russian Federation has denied that Syrian forces were responsible for the chemical attack in the first place.

Western countries blame Assad for the gas attack, and Trump responded by firing cruise missiles at a Syrian air base. He said the administration has conclusively assessed that the Assad regime planned, orchestrated, and executed the attack, but noted that US officials "don't know anything beyond that". On Friday, Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement only 23 of the USA missiles made it to the airbase, blowing up just six MiG-23 planes.

The two stood in front of their respective flags beneath a grand chandelier and took their seats on opposite sides of a meters-long table, from which Lavrov delivered his welcome.

Mattis called Friday's strike a "measured response" to the regime's "use of chemical weapons".

Johnson said Britain and its European partners would await the outcome of an investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Moscow, which is a strong backer of the Syrian government, has dismissed suggestions that Damascus could be behind the attack.

"Additionally, our information indicates personnel historically associated with Syria's chemical weapons program were at Shayrat airfield in late March making preparations for an upcoming attack in northern Syria, and they were present at the airfield on the day of the attack", the report said. He gave no support for his claim.

He said: "We're not going into Syria".

He added that some countries had voiced their support for the U.S. air strike on Syria in order to build closer relations with the new Trump administration.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that those strikes were not as effective as the USA claims.

Turkey last week conducted post-mortems on three victims of the gas attack who were brought from Syria. He has made some comments to Fox News on Syria, saying he did not plan for the United States to be drawn fully into the Syrian war. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Russian Federation, and Assad ally Iran, must be involved in any peace process to end Syria's six-year civil war. Aides later clarified that this "did not signal a change in administration policy".

He also attempted to link the United States strike on a Syrian airbase last week with claims about weapons of mass destruction that were used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, saying: "We have seen it all already".

"If President Obama took action against the Assad regime, he would have stopped ISIS from being created. But when I see people using disgusting, frightful chemical weapons, which they agreed not to use under the Obama administration, but they violated it".

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