Russia and Iran affirm commitment to Syrian government

Cheryl Sanders
April 10, 2017

"Both sides noted the inadmissibility of aggressive USA actions against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law", the statement said.

"Assad now knows there is a red line with regard to the use of chemical weapons". "We've already, I think, issued some very strong statements", Tillerson said.

Tillerson said he isn't afraid of Russian retaliation after the US strike last week on a Syrian airfield. "I really believe they are not feeling too bad today, if this is the extent of what the going to do".

But the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the deadly gas contamination was caused by the explosion of chemical weapons produced and stored by the rebels, after Syrian aircraft bombed the area.

Assad has responded with characteristic defiance, vowing to accelerate efforts to wipe out rebels he calls terrorists.

"The nation of Iran will remain alongside the Syrian nation in fighting terrorism and safeguarding Syria's territorial integrity", Rohani said in the call, according to a statement on the presidency website.

Air strikes have continued unabated since the USA attack on Friday.

Russian Federation and Iran have provided Assad with critical military support in his war against rebel groups fighting to topple him.

But while Tillerson told ABC the terror group is the United States' first priority, Haley said there can be "multiple priorities", including ensuring the nation is led by someone who takes care of civilians. "There is still no clear American policy on Syria", he said.

Though the attack had shown Trump to be unpredictable, a third official in the pro-Assad alliance did not yet see a major shift in the USA approach.

"What the Americans did is a strategic mistake and offence".

And if we would want to appeal rationally to Russia, this is a great opportunity for the Russian leadership to reevaluate what they're doing.

But Haley suggested there has been a shift in U.S. thinking.

"There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council".

British foreign minister Boris Johnson also had planned to visit Russian Federation this coming week, but decided yesterday to cancel the trip because of the fast moving events in Syria.

Writing in The Sunday Times, Sir Michael said Russian Federation must be part of the solution to ending the "needless suffering" of Syrian civilians.

Ahead of his election victory, Trump had attacked Obama's approach in ways that appeared to suggest he would back off of calls to remove Assad.

President Donald Trump, right, listens as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, talks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, February.

At least six people were killed in the USA airstrikes, Syria claimed, but the Pentagon said civilians were not targeted and the missiles were aimed at a Syrian military airfield in Homs.

Sadr said the US strikes would "drag the region to war" and could help "the expansion of Daesh", the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which controls parts of Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and U.N. Security Council president Nikki Haley listens during a U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria, at the U.N. headquarters in NY on April 7.

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