Trump Is Sending Tillerson To Moscow With A Surprisingly Strong Hand

Donald Trump's missile strike this week against the Russian-backed Syrian regime not only damaged its chemical weapons program, it also happened to give the USA president a useful political tool.

The bombing which killed one woman comes just a day after the USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Assad can "no longer get away" with killing civilians.

U.S. President Donald Trump asserted that the Assad forces had used chemical weapons and said the action was aimed at ending the "slaughter and bloodshed" in Syria. But political experts say with the show of force is risky, with Russian Federation backing Assad. "There's not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime", she told the "State of the Union" program.

Putin even personally awarded Tillerson a top Russian state award - the Order of Friendship - in 2013, and it was widely expected that the former oilman would meet Putin on what is his first trip to Russia as secretary of state. "It's important that we keep our priorities straight".

The governor of Homs, a city roughly 160 kilometers north of the capital Damascus, said at least five people were killed and seven were wounded in the United States strikes, Reuters reported. "Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria", he said, using an alternative acronym for ISIL.

Trump has changed his tack, drawing Russian opprobrium as a result.

Moscow has sought to deflect blame from its long-time ally Bashar al-Assad over the incident and says Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot where "toxic substances" were being put inside bombs. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in Florida with Trump, said Moscow had failed in living up to a 2013 agreement that was meant to strip Syria of its chemical weapons stockpiles.

The missile strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where USA officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off.

The decision comes after a dramatic downturn in relations between American and Russian Federation after a chemical attack killed more than 70 Syrians, including children.

On Wednesday, Downing Street played down the prospect of military action in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons against civilians, insisting "nobody is talking" about an armed response to the atrocity.

The Foreign Secretary cited Russia's support of the Assad regime in the wake of an alleged chemical attack on their own people as the reason for cancelling a visit to Moscow scheduled for April 10.

The Sana news agency is, however, effectively a mouthpiece for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, promoting his activities, denying any breaches of global law by his forces and attacking his enemies. "The nation of Iran will remain alongside the Syrian nation in fighting terrorism and safeguarding Syria's territorial integrity", Rouhani said in the call in the evening on April 8, according to a statement on the presidency website.

She said by not accepting the Assad regime was responsible for the gas attack Russian Federation was ignoring the evidence, which was available worldwide.

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