Russian Federation blocks U.N. Security Council condemnation of Syria attack
Apr 18 2017 by Desiree Burns
US President Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapons used in Syria's Idlib province on April 4, which resulted in the death of over 80 people.
Mr Johnson said the chemical assault had changed the West's stance on Syria.
"Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all", Trump said flatly during a White House news conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Soltenberg.
Mr Johnson said: "This afternoon in NY, the global community sought to make clear that any use of chemical weapons by anyone anywhere is unacceptable and that those responsible will face consequences".
"Everyone wants to restore relations in the Western community after - thanks to the former USA administration - many European countries adopted an anti-Trump position during the election campaign", he said.
"We are very concerned about Russian interference in the October elections in Montenegro", the official said, "including credible reports of Russian support for an attempted election-day attack on the government".
The UNSC is scheduled to vote later on Wednesday on a resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States that urges the Damascus government to cooperate with an investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.
"Young children dying, babies dying, fathers holding children in their arms that were dead, dead children", Trump said.
Putin's meeting with Tillerson at the Kremlin lasted for more than two hours, Lavrov said.
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He added that the USA "cannot give Putin a pass on either one of these outrageous acts".
A suicide auto bomb attack on buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns killed 43 people on Saturday, as US-backed fighters advanced in their push towards the IS group's Raqa stronghold.
"I don't think that joining the Western coalition, which just pretends to be fighting Daesh, would be the right choice". Such collaboration, he said, could help the two sides later address "more serious problems".
Mr Tillerson said it was the position of the U.S. that Mr Assad should go as part of a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
But his Russian counterpart called for an investigation by the United Nations into the attacks, stating that Russia had "no confirmation" that chemical attacks had taken place, and criticising the "media hysteria" about the matter.
Mr Tillerson was greeted frostily in the Russian capital as Mr Lavrov began their meeting on Wednesday by demanding to know America's "real intentions". "Russia, as their closest ally in the conflict, perhaps has the best means of helping Assad recognize this reality". We won't get a political solution overnight.
Only weeks ago, it appeared that Trump, who praised Putin throughout the USA election campaign, was poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russian Federation.
But Russia, an ally of Syria, used its powers in the United Nations to block it.