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Boris Johnson 'dismayed' by Russia's UN Syria veto

Boris Johnson 'dismayed' by Russia's UN Syria veto

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts at a trilateral meeting in Moscow, denounced last week's USA attack on Syria as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law and warned that any further such action would entail "grave consequences not only for regional but global security".

During the meeting, 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 and adding a new theory that the attack may have been faked by Assad's enemies.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow, denounced the USA missile strikes on Syria as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law.

The two foreign ministers also said they had agreed on creating a "unified, stable Syria" and on the need to defeat Islamic State in the region.

Stopping just short of accusing Russian Federation of complicity with the sarin gas attack against civilians April 4, Trump said it's "certainly possible" that Russian Federation had advance knowledge of the use of chemical weapons by its ally.

Russian Federation on Wednesday vetoed a US-backed resolution at the United Nations demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of a suspected chemical attack.

Russia Wednesday vetoed a Western draft resolution on an alleged chemical attack in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib.




Russian Federation is also denying any involvement in U.S. election hacking.

Trump's comments on the state of U.S.

"Clearly our view is that reign of Assad family is coming to an end".

Mr Johnson said: "This afternoon in NY, the global community sought to make clear that any use of chemical weapons by anyone anywhere is unacceptable and that those responsible will face consequences".

The Secretary of State described Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 vote as a "serious issue" and "one that we know" about. But in a Fox Business Network interview, the US president said he wouldn't intervene militarily against Assad unless the Syrian leader resorts to using weapons of mass destruction again.

Russian Federation said the U.S., United Kingdom and France, who backed the resolution, rushed to judgment.

"We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared... in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using chemical weapons", he said on Tuesday. Any expectations of an easy rapport have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing US investigations into Russia's activity connected to the USA presidential election. "We're going to see how that all works out". Moscow has distanced itself from domestic USA tensions, neither supporting nor criticising Trump officially.

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