Boris Johnson to call for tougher Russian Federation sanctions over Syria

WRAPUP 12-Russia warns of serious consequences from US strike in Syria

"Is it the position of the Trump administration that he can not be ruler of Syria anymore?"

Trump addressed the media about the airstrikes from his weekend home at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

"We deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime, even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians", he said. "We're not going to have you cover for this regime anymore, '" Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "I think we ought to ask them that question". Why they are supporting a regime that is committing mass murder against its own people.

"If Russia wants to be absolved of responsibility for future attacks, Vladimir Putin needs to enforce commitments, to dismantle Assad's chemical weapons arsenal for good, and to get fully engaged with the United Nations peacekeeping progress".

But he said the United States expected Russian Federation to take a tougher stance by rethinking its alliance with Assad because "every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russian Federation closer into some level of responsibility".

The Trump administration said Friday that it will follow up on the attack in Syria with more economic sanctions.

The foreign secretary has called off a visit to Moscow in the wake of the Syrian chemical weapons attack.

"We are prepared to do more", he said. The responsible approach to take would be for Putin to use his leverage over Assad to remind the Syrian president that he has violated his agreement to destroy all chemical weapons.

Washington has long backed rebels fighting Assad in a multi-sided civil war that has killed more than 400,000 people and driven half of Syrians from their homes since 2011.

The US strike Thursday was created to be a targeted mission on the airfield from where the deadly chemical attack was launched Tuesday.

There was no backing from the Security Council for Mr Trump's Syria strike.

Graham spoke several days after Trump unilaterally ordered a missile attack on a Syrian airbase in response to Assad's deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians and as the Trump administration tried to explain its foreign policy.

"There is no such thing as Assad yes, but ISIS no", Rubio said. At least six people are reported to have died.

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, agreed. "Russian Federation should ask themselves, 'What are we doing here?'" McMaster said.

"A one-time deal is not going to be productive".

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. "Assad signed the chemical weapons treaty ban".

And she denounced President Donald Trump's decision to launch missiles at a Syrian military base in retaliation.

"What happened in Khan Sheikhun was a pre-meditated act aimed at justifying the U.S. strike on the Syrian army, which has confronted and continues to confront terrorism", the official said.

Johnson attends a press conference on the Syria crisis on April 5.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom monitoring group, told Newsweekthat the attack had been carried out either by Russian Federation or by President Bashar Assad's regime.

Haley on Saturday said Washington was ready to take additional action to the USA cruise missile attack.



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