UK: No public mood for Syria airstrikes

Adjust Comment Print

Trump tweeted "Mission Accomplished" on Saturday after U.S., French and British warplanes and ships launched more than 100 missiles almost unopposed by Syrian air defenses.

The U.S., France and the United Kingdom targeted chemical weapons sites in Syria early Saturday.

A number of them are skeptical of reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons against civilians - which is what prompted Trump to carry out airstrikes on his chemical weapons program in the first place - and some appear believe that the the attacks are "false flag" operations created to lure the president into war.

Syria's war continues unabated, on the same course.

. "Our job was never to start a war".

Russian Federation and Iran have called the strikes a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

A Kremlin statement said Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the multi-sided, seven-year conflict that has killed at least half a million people. "This lets them know that this not good behaviour". "The strategy failed. It must be time for a new one".

He also said that despite Syria's commitment in 2013 to destroying its chemical arsenal - and Russia's promise to supervise to it - "the Assad Regime and Russian Federation has made a complete mockery of that pledge".

"Russian sanctions will be coming down", Haley said during an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation."

"They will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to (Syrian President Bashar al) Assad and chemical weapons use". I think everyone is going to feel it at this point.

Japan and China's foreign ministers pledge to pursue improved ties
He last visited Japan in August 2016 for a trilateral meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts. According to Japanese officials, the dialogue is the first in almost eight years.


Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Sunday that the sanctions are being imposed "without any link to any realities". The legislation also called Putin out on human rights abuses.

Speaking to the BBC, Britain's Foreign Secretary (Minister) Boris Johnson said that Western powers had no plans for further missile strikes, though they would assess their options if Damascus used chemical weapons again.

Karen Pierce, the British ambassador, defended the assault as a "limited, targeted and effective strike" made after British intelligence found strong evidence that Mr. Assad's forces were responsible.

FILE - President Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on, April 13, 2018, in Washington, about the United States' military response to Syria's April 7 chemical weapons attack. Haley stressed the US was "not looking for war" and "not looking to kill people".

He said Russian Federation and Syria are united in trying "to protect global law based on respect of the sovereignty of countries and the wills of people".

At Sunday mass in St George's Cathedral in Bab Al Toum, barely 2 kilometres from the now recaptured East Ghouta region, Patriarch Aphrem of the Syrian Orthodox Church tells his congregation: "Let us pray for the Syrians, and let us pray for those who violate global law".

"Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in global relations", a Kremlin statement said.

Although officials said the singular target was Assad's chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared.

Haley said the United Nations would continue to work on a diplomatic solution but added that Assad was "not worthy" of direct talks with the U.S. She said the time had come for Russian Federation and Iran to bring peace to the beleaguered nation.

Comments