Foreign Secretary cancels Moscow trip as tensions grow over Syria

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara sees the US intervention in Syria as appropriate but not enough.

A USA official said all but one of the 59 missiles struck their targets, hitting multiple aircraft and air shelters, and destroying the fuel area.

The US missile strikes against a Syrian airfield this week mark a stark shift in American strategy towards Damascus and shows the lack of any coherent foreign policy by the administration of President Donald Trump, according to worldwide relations experts. After months of allegations of ties between his election campaign and the Kremlin - the subject of current congressional and FBI investigations - Trump has found himself clashing with Putin.

The target was the Shayrat airbase in western Syria, which US officials say Syrian forces used to launch a chemical weapons strike earlier this week, killing more than 80 people.

A senior Pentagon official said: "We have no knowledge of Russian involvement in this attack, but we will investigate any information that might lead us in that direction". Officials said a drone belonging to either Russian Federation or Syria was seen hovering over the site after the assault earlier this week.

Johnson added, "We deplore Russia's continued defense of the [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad regime even after the chemical-weapons attack on innocent civilians". "Strengthening Assad will only lead to more murders", she said. Shortly afterward, officials say the hospital was targeted. "They can still commit massacres at any time", said Abdulrzzak Khattab, a resident who said his house was damaged in Saturday's attack.

White House officials caution that Trump is not preparing to plunge the USA deeper into Syria.

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The impact of the strikes was also unclear. Despite intense global pressure, Assad has clung to power since a civil war broke out in his country six years ago, helped by financial and military support from both Russian Federation and Iran.

The kingdom is among the most vehement opponents of Assad and supports Sunni rebel groups fighting to oust him.

Trump praised his military for Friday's missile strike. "First and foremost the President believes that the Syrian government [and the] Assad regime should abide by the agreement they made not to use chemical weapons", Spicer said.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry's official spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov had said that Russia was suspending the communications channel, which the two sides established in line with a memorandum of understanding on prevention of incidents and ensuring of flight safety in Syrian airspace.

"Other than that, there is no change to our military posture", he said. France, Italy and Israel also welcomed the strikes.

"The actions that the president has taken send a clear message to friend and foe alike that America is back and they will take strong leadership when warranted". Rand Paul, R-Ky., a leader of the party's non-interventionist wing who challenged Trump for the GOP nomination.

Baird, now an adviser with law firm Bennett Jones, said while he agrees with Trump's move, he's not a supporter of the president.

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