U.S. attack on Syria air base crossed 'red lines': Assad allies

Tillerson, on the other hand, stressed that the air strike had the limited aim of deterring further use of chemical weapons.

"But Mr. Donald Trump, he started to show Assad the real America", he added.

"It crossed a lot of lines for me". The Observatory said 15 people, including four children, were killed in the airstrike.

The decision comes after a dramatic downturn in relations between American and Russian Federation after a chemical attack killed more than 70 Syrians, including children. Russia's Defense Ministry said that only 23 of the 59 missiles had reached their target.

Haley also reiterated her warning at the United Nations the day after the U.S. strike.

Still, Haley said the US didn't see a peaceful future Syria with Assad in power. "The world is waiting for Russian Federation to reconsider its misplaced alliance with Bashar al-Assad", she said.

While Trump's action has gained enormous support from countries like Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the European Union, it has also raised many questions over the future of the US-Russia relationship.

While Assad's office on Friday called the American airstrikes a "disgraceful act that can only be described as shortsightedness and political and military blindness to reality", Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov condemned it as "an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law". Incidentally, the Syrian Russian-made Sukhoi jets took off from al-Shayrat airbase, the one destroyed just the other day by President Trump.

The UN deputy ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov has warned that the strike will be followed by "extremely serious" consequences.

"My priority is now to continue contact with the USA and others in the run up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April - to build coordinated worldwide support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process", Johnson said.

On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov insisted that it was the USA airstrike was impeding his own government's attempts to resolve the crisis in Syria. The U.S. and others have said that Russian Federation bears responsibility for the deaths of civilians at the hands of Assad given Moscow's role in guaranteeing the 2013 deal in which Assad was supposed to have given up his chemical weapons arsenal.

"Yes, that will part of the discussions when I visit Moscow next week is to call upon Foreign Minister (Sergey) Lavrov and the Russian government to fulfill the obligation it made to the global community when it agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons", he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week".

Trump has said China, with its ties to North Korea, should deal with its neighbor, but that the USA was prepared to act on its own if necessary. President Barack Obama drew heavy criticism from many important Republicans and the global community for his inaction on Syria back in 2013.

After last Tuesday's chemical attack in Syria, Trump said his attitude toward Assad "has changed very much" and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said "steps are underway" to organize a coalition to remove him from power.

Also, the strong bond between Syria and Russian Federation is no secret. As Reuters said, the air strike could have been carried out by the Syrian governmental forces in a suspected gas attack.



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