Diplomacy takes centre stage 36 hours after Syria air strikes

Diplomacy takes centre stage 36 hours after Syria air strikes

With Russian involvement in Syria and Moscow condemning Saturday's allied missile strike, Haley acknowledged that U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump is still willing to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in spite of increasing tensions between the United States and Russia, White House Spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Tuesday.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has warned of "grave repercussions" for the operation, which it described as an "illegal action".

Mr Putin stressed "it will inevitably entail chaos in worldwide relations" if violations of the United Nations charter continue.

A Kremlin statement said Mr Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, agreed during a telephone conversation that the air strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution of the conflict in Syria.

The moves are believed to show Putin's determination that Russian Federation will work with Iran and Turkey as a united front to resolve the Syrian situation.

The delays prompted a bout of complaints from the USA and U.K, which both called on Syria and Russian Federation to allow the inspectors unfettered access.

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In the days leading up to the USA -led airstrike, both Syria and Russian Federation said that reports of the chemical attack were fabricated.

"No Syrian weapon had any effect on what we did", said McKenzie.

Syrian opposition activists and first responders say a chemical attack on the town of Douma, near the capital, killed more than 40 people on April 7.

"We'll see how smart he is", Haley said.

US military officials said an initial assessment showed every one of the missiles struck its target on Saturday, reducing the facilities to rubble while avoiding any civilian casualties.

Days after US-led airstrikes hit Homs and Damascus on April 14, Syrian Twitter accounts blamed Israel for alleged strikes on Tuesday morning.

The most ambitious of the proposals was three times the size of the one eventually carried out by U.S., British and French forces.

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While he declared success, the Pentagon said the pummelling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons against civilians if it chooses.

President Donald Trump's decision to launch airstrikes on Syria - meant to punish President Bashar Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons in an attack near Damascus last week - could hurt America's image in the Middle East, according to Ryan Crocker, the former US ambassador to Syria.

The Prime Minister will tell MPs on Monday that the strikes were in the national interest because the use of chemical weapons can not be normalised, including in the UK.

The United States, the UK and France said the strikes had been a response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria's Douma.

Addressing Parliament, she added the United Kingdom had "explored every diplomatic channel" but said military intervention had proven necessary and the United Kingdom was acting in the national interest, not just following US President Trump. It has called the chemical attack a hoax perpetrated by anti-Assad rebels and claimed to have shot 71 out of 105 missiles aimed at Syria in Friday's strike out of the sky (a claim the Pentagon disputes).

The strikes appeared to have taken place far from Russia's bases near the Syrian coast.

Since Syria joined the OPCW in 2013, "we have sought to use diplomatic channels.to stop chemical weapons use in Syria but our efforts have been repeatedly thwarted", Wilson said.

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The US said it suspected sarin gas also was used. All they are trying to do is defeat ISIS and uphold the norm against chemical weapons use.

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