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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Research | By Elias Hubbard

A 'violation' or 'understandable'? World reacts as US launches strikes in Syria

A 'violation' or 'understandable'? World reacts as US launches strikes in Syria

US President Donald Trump is considering implementing new sanctions against Russian Federation and Iran, the US ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley has said in an interview with CNN.

President Donald Trump ordered the strike in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians earlier in the week, which U.S. officials say was carried out by the Assad government.

Trump administration officials on Sunday blamed Russian inaction for enabling a deadly poison gas attack against Syrian civilians last week as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepared to explain to Moscow a USA retaliatory missile strike.

Much of the global community rallied behind Trump's decision to fire the cruise missiles in reaction to this week's chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of men, women and children in Syria. The Syrian government has denied using chemical weapons.

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At the United Nations on Friday, Russia's deputy ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, strongly criticized what he called the U.S.

"It's very hard to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime", McMaster said. "The fact of destruction of all chemical weapon stockpiles of the Syrian armed forces was recorded and confirmed by the (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)".

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani by phone on Sunday, during which they agreed that the USA strike was a violation of global law. "We are prepared to do more".

While the Syrian opposition applauded the USA cruise missile attack on the airbase near Homs, it said it should not be a one-off and was not enough on its own to stop government warplanes from hitting rebel-held areas.

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Mr Tillerson is likely to raise the issue of the continued use of chemical weapons in Moscow this week.

Members of Trump's administration have hinted that the U.S.is not done intervening in Syria.

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Speaking to Jake Tapper, the host of the State of the Union show, on Sunday, the U.S. official said that the issue of the new sanctions is already being discussed. He is saying that he will not hold all the might of the United States military on a tight leash when there are such deliberate and cruel provocations.

Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson had been due to visit Moscow on Monday but said on Saturday that he had canceled his trip after developments in Syria. Haley also said in the interview aired on Sunday that she does not see a viable political solution to the conflict in Syria with Bashar al-Assad as president of the country.

And British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has accused Moscow of being responsible "in proxy" for the civilian deaths in the attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

"And we have to make sure that we're pushing that process".

Russian Federation had agreed to ensure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles were destroyed - and its failure to do this enabled the attack, he said.

"This is part of the problem with Syria, Russia's sponsorship of [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's] murderous regime".

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