Foreign Secretary cancels Moscow trip as tensions grow over Syria

Foreign Secretary cancels Moscow trip as tensions grow over Syria

Foreign Secretary cancels Moscow trip as tensions grow over Syria

The US has fired dozens of cruise missiles at Syria in revenge for a chemical weapons attack - despite a warning from Russian Federation not to get involved.

According to Idlib's opposition-run health authority, 89 people, including 33 children and 18 women, died in the suspected nerve agent attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday.

"I support the administration's strike on the air base that launched the chemical attack".

He said he would call on Russian Federation "to fulfill the obligation it made to the worldwide community when it agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons".

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the U.S. missile attack on the Syrian military airfield violated worldwide law.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russian Federation had failed to honor an agreement to guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) also released a statement after the United States conducted air strikes against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he has canceled a visit to Moscow scheduled to take place on April 10, citing developments in Syria, where an alleged chemical-weapons attack prompted the United States to launch missile strikes.

According to the CNN report, a senior-level USA defense official confirmed that the Pentagon is searching for any evidence indicating that the Russian government knew about the chemical attack in advance and maybe even played a role in it.

A USA military official told CNN the Pentagon was examining specifically whether a Russian warplane had bombed a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun five hours after the initial chemical attack, with the aim of destroying evidence.

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The missile strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where USA officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off. Spokesman Sean Spicer said the missile attack sent a clear message to Assad, but he avoided explicitly calling for the Syrian to leave office.

Pentagon investigating possible Russian involvement in chemical attack that prompted United States strike.

Russian Federation flatly denies the allegations.

Russia's deputy United Nations envoy condemned "illegitimate" US strikes in Syria and said the consequences for regional and worldwide stability could be extremely serious.

The Kremlin maintained only 23 of the 59 cruise missiles reached the base, leaving the runways intact.

Regarding a potential Russian role in Tuesday's attack, Tillerson said he does not "have any information that it would be appropriate to share with you at this point".

He said on Twitter that the "conditions for negotiations in Moscow were even worse than (former Secretary of State John) Kerry's times".

"It's going to be tough to argue that the use of chemical weapons against civilians is condoned by anyone so the president has the moral high ground now and that's going to have a big impact with Russia", Retired Admiral Robert Harward said.

"Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russian Federation has stood beside him", Haley told the council.

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