Tillerson: 'No change' to Syria policy after strike

Fallon wrote in the Sunday Times and said that the Kremlin is responsible "by proxy" and the "principle baker" of Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad and his regime.

"We don't believe we need dialogue with London more than (London) needs it (with us)", it said.

The nature of the substance used has not been confirmed, and Syria has insisted it would not and has not used chemical weapons.

The first two months of Trump's presidency passed with little said about Assad's government, while extra USA troops arrived to help Kurdish and Arab militias in northern Syria fight against Islamic State.

Johnson announced on Saturday he would not travel to Moscow next week, saying that "developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally".

Tillerson is heading to Lucca, Italy, for a two-day meeting of G7 foreign ministers that starts Monday, and he will continue from there to Moscow for meetings with Sergey Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, and other Russian officials. "In no way do we see peace in that area with Assad as the head of the Syrian government".

Fallon wrote referring to Russia: "This latest war crime happened on their watch".

A communication link between USA and Russian military officials has protected pilots flying missions over the crowded skies of war-ravaged Syria, but now Moscow says it is suspending its co-operation over an American missile strike. He says that once the militant group is eliminated, the US can turn to stabilizing Syria. He later added, "She sounds like Trump making excuses".

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Eighty-nine people, including 33 children and 18 women, died in the suspected nerve agent attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday.

U.S. strikes in Syria: Game changer or deterrent? Echoing the government line, Sadr also said that the American strike would "drag the region to war" and could help "the expansion of Daesh [the Islamic State group]".

Even so, Tillerson said, without naming North Korea, that "if you violate global agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken".

Ahead of his election victory, Trump had attacked Obama's approach in ways that appeared to suggest he would back off of calls to remove Assad.

Reluctant to put significant troops on the ground in Syria, the USA for years has struggled to prevent Assad from strengthening his hold on power.

McMaster also made clear that Trump wants a world-wide response to Assad's action that would include Russian Federation and Iran.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", McMaster said the United States would take further action in Syria if necessary. While there have been a few close calls between Russian and U.S. jets, some of them unintentional, the US-led air campaign has, for the most part proceeded without interference from Russian or Syrian fighters, or air defenses.

  • Sonia Alvarado