Why did USA really attack Syria?

Isaac Cain
April 20, 2017

President Donald Trump has declared that United States relations with Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low".

"The current state of U.S. Russian Relations is at a low point", Tillerson, who is in Moscow for meetings, said at a joint news conference Wednesday. The diplomats will discuss the latest developments in Syria, the unilateral attack of United States on Syrian government, and the political solution of the six-year-old crisis in the Arab country. The redeployment of U.S. military equipment to the border with Jordan was among the issues discussed by the foreign ministers of Russia, Syria and Iran Sergey Lavrov, Walid Muallem and Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow on Friday, the Syrian foreign minister said. Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all. We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russian Federation.

However, Lavrov added some progress had been made on Syria at the meeting, adding that a working group would be set up to examine the poor state of US-Russia ties.

"The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", Tillerson said.

"I'll be speaking with Rex Tillerson in a little while, calling in".

Putin has condemned the USA military assault on a Syrian airfield, saying that the move represents an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law under a far-fetched pretext.

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"The results will not come quickly", Mr Lavrov said.

Tillerson said the USA is confident in its assessment that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in the bombing on Khan Sheikhoun and alleged that Syria has used such weapons more than 50 times in the past.

The suspected chemical attack killed at least 87 people, including many children, and images of the dead and of suffering victims provoked global outrage.

China, which has vetoed six resolutions on Syria since the civil war began six years ago, abstained from Wednesday's vote, along with Ethiopia and Kazakhstan.

Lavrov doubled down on Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, repeating denials that Assad's government was to blame for the gas attack last week.

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