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Russia won't condemn Syria chemical attack

21 Avril 2017

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday called the recent United States missile attack against Syria unacceptable, media reports said.

Despite the tensions between the two countries, both Russian Federation and the United States agreed to fight worldwide terrorism and continue discussions on Syrian conflict settlement.

Safronkov said Russia's Foreign Minister asked U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during talks earlier Wednesday in Moscow to jointly request the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "to immediately put together an independent worldwide mission" to visit Khan Sheikhoun and the air base that the U.S. attacked in retaliation. He added there was no talk Wednesday about a possible Trump-Putin meeting.

The document also urged the Syrian government to comply with recommendations of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact Finding Mission and the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) and provide access to the military bases from which strikes against Khan Shaykhun could be carried out. NORTH KOREA The Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, banning its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, U.S. officials say.

The White House pointedly said yesterday that it had seen credible reports that Moscow backed an election-day attack in Montenegro past year. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has warned that Russian Federation could become an "island" if it doesn't find a way to save face and side with the US and its allies in opposition to Assad.

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"Are we insisting on it? No. But I do think it's going to happen at a certain point", Trump said.

The Wall Street Journal cited Trump as saying that Assad's use of chemical weapons again would elicit another military response, but he also said he would not intervene in depth in the conflict.

The White House has accused Moscow of trying to cover up Assad's use of chemical weapons after the attack on a rebel-held Syrian town last week killed 87 people.

Trump ordered a cruise-missile strike Thursday on a Syrian airbase where the USA determined the sarin gas attack had been launched and where the Russians had also stationed forces.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian leader on Wednesday gave Tillerson his view of the causes of the current "deadlock" in bilateral ties.