Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Boris Johnson calls off Moscow visit over Syria

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the strike that Russia has 'failed to deliver' on preventing chemical weapons attacks in Syria Boris Johnson calls off Moscow visit over Syria
Ellis Copeland | 09 April, 2017, 05:08

A proxy battle with Russian Federation in Syria and multiple Russia-related investigations in the US will follow Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow next week on a trip created to test the Trump administration's hopes for closer ties to the former Cold War foe. "Let him come (to Moscow) and tell what odd things they did", a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Friday. In the aftermath of the attack, which Syria said killed at least seven people, Russian Federation announced it would suspend its co-operation in the information-sharing campaign, the first time the line has been severed.

Saturday's phone call was the first between the top diplomats of Russian Federation and the U.S. since the strikes on the Syrian airfield.

"I see Moscow's goal as wanting to raise the stakes for future US involvement in Syria as a means of defending Russia's own position in Syria as Bashar al-Assad's chief ally".

The officials also said they're looking into whether Russian Federation participated in the chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this week that prompted President Donald Trump's order for a retaliation.

In an interview to air Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation", Tillerson said Russians were not targeted by the strikes.

He said the attack "shouldn't have happened, and it shouldn't be allowed to happen".

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Boris Johnson cancels Russia visit after Syria airstrike
The decision is likely to be seen as a snub by the Russians, who on Friday were said to still be preparing for the visit. According to Russian state media, the ship, the Admiral Grigorovich , will dock at Tartus on the Syrian coast.


The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Arabia's king about Syria and he "reaffirmed strong Saudi support for the United States' military strike against the Sayrat airfield".

Syrian warplanes were reported to have since taken off from the airbase that was targeted by the United States, suggesting that the impact of the overnight attack had been minimal. "He will visit Moscow as planned and, following the G7 meeting, will be able to deliver that clear and coordinated message to the Russians". It did, however, say it had put Bashar al-Assad on notice that it would take further military action if he used chemical weapons again.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most vehement opponents of Assad.

No Russian servicemen were known to have been killed in the USA strikes, he added.

He said his priority was "to continue contact with the USA and others" to build worldwide support for a ceasefire.

She said Moscow "has always called for stable relations based on the global law", but according to her, "stability and consistency have long stopped to be the hallmark of Western foreign policy".

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