dglobalnews.com McConnell: Syrian President Bashar Assad 'is a mass murderer'
Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

McConnell: Syrian President Bashar Assad 'is a mass murderer'

The Syrian government has denied it was behind the assault.

His comments came after US President Donald Trump said Mr Putin was backing an "evil person" in Assad, as talks took place in Russian Federation between the countries' chief diplomats.

"It reminds me of the events in 2003 when USA envoys to the Security Council were demonstrating what they said were chemical weapons found in Iraq", Putin told reporters Tuesday, according to a translation by The Associated Press. "We support the sanctions that have already been introduced".

The Kremlin previously refused to say whether Putin would meet with Tillerson in Moscow.

The attack was seen to mark a dramatic departure from Donald Trump's "America First" philosophy and represent a much more aggressive foreign policy. It's unclear whether Putin will grant Tillerson a meeting.

According to media reports, the Russian Embassy in London has indicated that there could be a possibility of "real war" in case Moscow is presented with an ultimatum over Syria.

A senior USA official said Monday that the United States has determined Russian Federation knew in advance about the Syrian chemical attack that took place last week and that someone bombed the hospital where victims were being treated to cover up the attack, according to The Associated Press. And others in the Trump administration cautioned that final American determination had been made that Russian Federation had advance knowledge of the attack, which killed more than 80 people and prompted retaliatory US cruise missile strikes.

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"The United Kingdom therefore shares the U.S. assessment that it is highly likely that the regime was responsible for a sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun on April 4", Mr Rycroft said.

Mr Assad and his main worldwide backer, Russia's president Vladimir Putin, deny that Damascus was behind the massacre.

Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement that it hoped for "productive talks".

Lavrov says Russian Federation has lots of questions about the "very ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas coming from the U.S. He says through a translator that it's important for Russian Federation to understand the "real intentions" of the Trump administration.

The United States "hopes" for a Syria without Bashar al-Assad in charge, he added at a summit in Lucca, Italy. USA officials in Washington have also raised that prospect.

The United States' recent missiles strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was in retaliation for the regime's chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of its citizens, including women and children.

The Trump administration, however, has offered mixed messages about whether Assad must surrender power - and when. The idea is for political talks to follow, but Tillerson acknowledged the lack of progress so far.

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