Putin and Rouhani Condemn US Airstrikes in Syria in Phone Call

Posted April 13, 2017

American and Russian officials traded barbs over the increasingly tense situation in Syria on Tuesday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin claiming the us would fake the additional use of chemical weapons to justify further military action and the White House sharing intelligence that the Kremlin was trying to "cover up" last week's chemical attack. "If he needs to do more, he will". "Regime change is something that we think is going to happen", she said, adding that Washington was also focused on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and ending Iranian influence.

A joint command centre consisting of the forces of Russia, Iran and other allies supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in a statement on Sunday, described the April 7 attack on Shayrat airfield in Syria's Homs province as "a unsafe act of aggression".

Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," Sen.

Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Russian Federation for the United States missile strikes.

Trump administration officials on Sunday blamed Russian inaction for enabling a deadly poison gas attack against Syrian civilians last week as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepared to explain to Moscow a USA retaliatory missile strike. "But what we did not see is a coherent policy on how we're going to deal with the civil war and also deal with ISIS".

Trump ordered a cruise missile attack on a Homs airbase on Friday in response.

Russian Federation has consistently denied that Syrian forces used chemical weapons, insisting the incident at Khan Sheikhoun was caused by a hit on a rebel chemical weapons plant, a claim dismissed by the West. The process of launching an investigation would be long and complex, requiring a United Nations resolution and an agreement by the Assad government for weapons inspectors to access sites in territory under Assad's control before establishing who was responsible and whether there was Russian complicity.

"By proxy Russian Federation is responsible for every civilian death last week", Fallon, whose government voiced support for US President Donald Trump's decision to target the Syrian air base, wrote in the Sunday Times newspaper. British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on April 9 accused Russian Federation of being responsible "by proxy" for the death of the 87 civilians killed in the Khan Sheikhoun attack. That city was hit early last week by chemical weapons that US authorities say were fired by Syrian warplanes, sparking an worldwide outcry and the USA cruise missile retaliation three days later.

The Observatory said the Saturday strikes may have been carried out by Russian warplanes, which began backing Syrian military operations previous year. So Trump's decision to launch the strikes - which President Barack Obama declined to do after a 2013 chemical attack - has raised optimism among rebels that Trump will more directly confront Assad.

Trump later suggested on Twitter the Shayrat runways had not been the primary missile targets.

But he had a tough ultimatum in hand, following reports quoting unidentified senior USA officials as saying that Russian Federation had prior knowledge of the attack that killed scores of people including women and children. Admiral Michelle Howard, who heads U.S. naval forces in Europe and Africa, told Reuters U.S. forces are prepared to carry out further strikes if needed.

The US and United Kingdom have blamed Russia for being complicit in the horrific deaths of innocent Syrians in last week's chemical attack and the federation is facing the threat of fresh global sanctions over its support for the dictator.