Gas attack a 'fabrication' - Syria's Assad

17 April, 2017, 04:58 | Author: Jacqueline Ellis
  • Syrian President Bashar al Assad makes a stunning statement about the chemical attacks

As the council debated its response on Thursday, the United States fired cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase that the U.S. says was used to launch the chemical attack.

The missile strike, which targeted a Syrian military air base, followed a chemical weapon attack that the USA and other Western nations have blamed on Assad, an assessment that the Kremlin disputes.

Trump, during a White House news conference on Wednesday, said, "Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all".

In a blatant response to the alleged chemical attack, the USA launched dozens of Tomahawk to destroy the Shayrat airfield in Syria, believed by Washington be the base for warplanes that carried out the chemical attack on a rebel-held town on Tuesday.

The newly hardened view of Moscow comes as the president has tried to shake suspicions about the motives behind his campaign calls for warmer relations.

His comments come after Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, spoke out for the first time since the gas attack on Wednesday, when he also accused it of being faked.

"If the regime is innocent, as Russian Federation claims, the information requested in this resolution would have vindicated them".

Putin himself said earlier Wednesday that trust between the two countries had worsened since Donald Trump took office.

Mr Tillerson said there was "a low level of trust" between both countries and such a relationship could not be allowed to continue between the world's foremost nuclear powers. We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun.

In Washington, US President Donald Trump said the United States' relationship with Moscow "may be at an all-time low".

The Russian diplomat claimed some progress was made on the crisis in the war-ravaged country and a working group would be set up to examine the poor state of US-Russia relations.

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Dmitry Peskov on Thursday said that the tone of the meeting had been "fairly constructive".

President Trump said Wednesday that relations with Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low" following Syria's use of chemical weapons last week and the US airstrike that followed.

Still, Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings.

Lavrov says Russian Federation has lots of questions about the "very ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas coming from the U.S. He says through a translator that it's important for Russian Federation to understand the "real intentions" of the Trump administration.

The officials rejected Russia's claim that terrorists or rebels carried out the attack.

Lavrov is also subtly mocking Tillerson for the fact that top U.S. State Department positions are unfilled.

Reacting to the US strike Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Washington had carried out an "unjust and unabashed assault" against Syria which 'shows nothing but short-sightedness, a narrowness of vision and blindness to political and military realities'.

"That's a butcher. That's a butcher", Trump said of Assad.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has also declared North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "no longer obsolete" - and has said he is committed to the military alliance.

Tillerson reiterated the United States position that Assad must eventually relinquish power in Syria.


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