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Trump, Saudi king discuss United States strikes on Syria

21 Avril 2017

Russian Federation and Iran renewed their support for the Syrian government in a flurry of calls on Sunday, saying last week's USA missile strike violated Syrian sovereignty but failed to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria.

Russia's failures to rid Syria of weapons stockpiles "has led to the killing of more children and innocents", he said. Once that threat "has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", he said.

"I'm glad Trump did this".

Nothing "is off the table at this point", she added. "It asked for the discussion to be held in closed session", Haley said in a statement.

"You saw this bad tragedy on innocent people, a lot of them children, and the first reaction from Russian Federation wasn't 'how frightful, ' it wasn't 'how could they do this, ' it wasn't 'how did this happen, ' it was: 'Assad didn't do it.' Why was that the reaction?"

Russian Federation says that a conventional airstrike hit a rebel depot containing "toxic substances".

"If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, (President) Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good and get fully engaged" with the United Nations peace process on Syria.

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She added: "I think that generally speaking if there are people responsible, it's those who were in power at the time. Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon said there was no longer any doubt that Le Pen was from the extreme right.

U.S. officials blame Moscow for propping up Syrian President Bashar Assad.

On Friday morning, the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from its warships in the eastern Mediterranean, targeting Syria's Shayrat airbase near Homs.

When reports of chemical attacks in Syria first surfaced, former President Barack Obama said the use of those weapons would invoke a USA response.

Syria's government denied it carried out any chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, and Russia's Defence Ministry said the toxic agents were released when a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons arsenal and munitions factory on the town's eastern outskirts. In the interview with CNN, Haley said peace in Syria was impossible with al-Assad in power.

At the same time, Tillerson and other top U.S. officials made clear that the USA objective was limited to deterring further chemical attacks, and not the start of a campaign to oust Assad.

The comments from Tillerson and Haley suggested that the airstrikes Trump ordered punishing Assad for using chemical weapons would not lead to any immediate change in USA strategy toward Syria. Bashar Al Assad had blatantly violated worldwide law, crossing the red line of chemical-weapons use once again. "Russia and Iran will not allow the United States to be the only superpower in world".

Trump, Saudi king discuss United States strikes on Syria