Boris Johnson Cancels Trip To Moscow Over Situation In Syria

"We're prepared to do more".

The United States launched a retaliatory bombing raid on a Syrian air base after a suspected chemical weapons attack last week on a rebel-held Syrian town that killed at least 87 civilians.

Almost 90 people were killed in the massive strike which marked a dramatic escalation in American involvement in Syria's six-year civil war.

The statements come hours after Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said that Washington could not see peace in Syria while Assad remained in power.

According to the Kremlin, Syrian jets had struck a terrorist warehouse in Idlib that contained toxic chemicals, leading to a gas leak in the area.

Russian Federation maintains a close political and military alliance with President Assad's government and has been accused of supporting its attacks against Syrians opposed to Assad's rule - something Moscow adamantly denies.

Top US diplomats on Sunday gave mixed signals as to what President Trump intends to do next after unleashing 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a poison gas attack that killed scores of innocent civilians.

"If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, to dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good, and to get fully engaged with the United Nations peacekeeping progress".

U.S. officials informed Russian forces ahead of the missile strikes and avoided hitting Russian personnel.

It came as Iranian news wires reported that Rouhani had also spoken to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests - which erupted as part of the Arab Spring uprisings - with unexpected ferocity.

President Xi is in Florida to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss a range of sensitive issues including trade and North Korea at Trump's Mar-a-Lago retreat.

Mr Gurbuz accused Washington of "violating global law" with the direct strike on Syria when speaking to Sputnik Turkey.

In one of those interviews, Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Russian Federation for the US missile strikes.

"If we can achieve ceasefires in zones of stabilization in Syria, then I believe - we hope we will have the conditions to begin a useful political process", Tillerson said.

Speaking to Jake Tapper, the host of the State of the Union show, on Sunday, the U.S. official said that the issue of the new sanctions is already being discussed.

  • Jon Douglas