Boris Johnson to call for tougher Russian Federation sanctions over Syria

Kristopher Drake
April 15, 2017

Once the threat from Islamic State has been reduced or eliminated, "I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", Tillerson said in excerpts from an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation", that will air in full on Sunday.

Damascus and Moscow denied Syrian forces were behind the gas attack but Western countries dismissed their explanation that chemicals leaked from a rebel weapons depot after an air strike.

The focus of USA policy has turned to possible Russian complicity with last week's chemical attacks which the United States says were launched from Syrian aircraft based at the Shayrat air field near Homs.

But Ms Haley warned that the United States was prepared to "do more" if needed, leaving the door open for more military intervention as the global community awaits a response from President Assad and his allies.

On Friday, Johnson showed support for the United States airstrikes in Syria and called the Syrian chemical attacks "deplorable".

"I discussed these plans in detail with Secretary Tillerson", Johnson said, adding that the U.S. foreign minister would still visit Moscow as planned following the G7 meeting to "deliver that clear and co-ordinated message to the Russians".

"God willing, these strikes will be a clear warning to Bashar al-Assad, to tell him: Bashar, enough killing and injustice against these people", said Abu Ali, a man in his 40s.

Meanwhile, a joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran, and militias supporting Assad said the USA strike crossed "red lines".


Russian Federation has condemned USA missile strikes on an airbase at Shayrat as an act of "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law". "We are prepared to do more, but we hope it will not be necessary".

Syria agreed to remove its chemical weapons stockpile in 2013 when the U.S. threatened military action after hundreds of people were killed in a sarin chemical attack on a Damascus suburb.

On Tuesday, a chemical attack by the Syrian government against civilians left at least 72 people dead and hundreds were injured.

It said the woman killed had fled to the town from her hometown of Latameh in central Syria.

He wrote: "But Assad's principal backer is Russian Federation".

Moscow has sought to deflect blame from its long-time ally al-Assad over the incident and says Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot where "toxic substances" were being put inside bombs.

The Russian foreign ministry said the decision showed once more that there was little to gain from talking to Britain, which it said had no real influence over world affairs. "Right now I think everyone in the world sees Russian Federation as part of the problem".

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