dglobalnews.com Russian Federation responsible 'by proxy' for suspected Syrian chemical attack: United Kingdom minister
Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Russian Federation responsible 'by proxy' for suspected Syrian chemical attack: United Kingdom minister

However, "whether Russian Federation was complicit here or whether they were simply incompetent or whether they got outwitted" by the Syrian government, they had "failed in their commitment to the global community", he said.

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Writing in The Sunday Times, Sir Michael said Russian Federation must be part of the solution to ending the "needless suffering" of Syrian civilians.

He said the U.S. is hopeful it can help bring parties together to begin the process of hammering out a political solution.

It came as Iranian news wires reported that Rouhani had also spoken to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday.

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Syria is at the top of the geopolitical agenda after a surprise decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to launch an airstrike against one of Assad's air bases last week.

"In the past few years, they have had every opportunity to pull levers and stop this civil war".

The statement warned the US that allies of Syria were "closely and deeply following American forces' moves and presence" in the areas of northern Syria and northwestern Iraq, and that they will "consider them [to be] an occupying force". She accused Russian Federation of pushing a "false narrative" that blames rebel forces for the attack, and issued a new warning.

Cavusoglu also said that he told his Russian counterpart that Moscow did not take the necessary steps in the face of breaches in the Syrian ceasefire.

"The failure related to the recent strike and the recent awful chemical weapons attack in large measure is a failure on Russia's part to achieve its commitment to the worldwide community". Nonetheless, it appeared before Thursday night's missile strike that Russia's support for Assad hadn't diminished. "There's an agreement with him not to use chemical weapons".

Mr Johnson, who called off a trip to Moscow on Monday, is attempting to co-ordinate a united response from the G7 group of industrialised nations, whose foreign ministers meet in Italy this week. That visit was expected to include a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

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