dglobalnews.com Britain blames Russian Federation for 'every civilian death' in Syria chemical attack
Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Britain blames Russian Federation for 'every civilian death' in Syria chemical attack

Britain blames Russian Federation for 'every civilian death' in Syria chemical attack

The comments represented a departure from what Haley had said before the United States hit a Syrian air base with 59 Tomahawk missiles on Thursday in retaliation for what it said was a chemical weapons attack by Assad's forces on Syrian civilians.

Mr Johnson had been due in the Russian capital on Monday but will stay away as G7 foreign ministers draw up their coordinated response.

But the cancellation, which came after discussions with USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson, led to him being criticised as "Washington's poodle".

Today, Russia's Foreign Ministry criticised a decision by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to cancel a visit to Moscow later this month, saying it showed a lack of understanding of events in Syria.

"We don't believe we need dialogue with London more than (London) needs it (with us)".

The Syrian regime and its Russian and Iranian backers have vowed to keep up the fight against "terrorists" despite threats of further United States strikes against the regime following the chemical attack.

"The nation of Iran will remain alongside the Syrian nation in fighting terrorism and safeguarding Syria's territorial integrity", Rouhani said in the call on Saturday evening, according to a statement on the presidency website.

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"Terrorists must not be allowed to use such weapons to accuse others and pave the way for actions that are contrary to worldwide law", said Rouhani.

"I think the real failure here has been Russia's failure to live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements that were entered into in 2013", he said on ABC's This Week. "It is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons".

He described the gas attack as a war crime that happened under Russia's watch.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Fallon said the Kremlin was responsible "by proxy" as the "principal backer" of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Johnson added, "We deplore Russia's continued defense of the Assad regime even after the chemical-weapons attack on innocent civilians".

Russian Federation has backed Syria for much of the six-year conflict, and has used its veto power in the UN Security Council on several occasions to prevent action being taken against the Damascus government.

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