Kremlin support for Assad not unconditional

France is again pushing for a resolution at the United Nations to condemn the attack blamed by the West on Assad's regime, but Ayrault did not sound optimistic after the first discussions yesterday at the worldwide body.

Dmitry Peskov spoke two days after a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held province.

The Syrian government has strongly denied involvement, accusing the opposition of trying to frame it to make up for military losses on the ground.

Moscow argued that the attack, which reportedly killed dozens of civilians, was the result of a Syrian air strike that accidentally struck a chemical weapons storage facility used by rebels. Please support our efforts.

France and Britain renewed their call this week for the head of the Syrian regime Bashar Assad to leave office.

The ministry also rejected United States assertions that the attack, which killed at least 70 people, meant a deal to rid the country of its chemical weapons stockpile had failed, saying that the process had in fact been "quite successful", RIA reported.

The survivors in Turkey can now be tested for exposure to a chemical agent, but across Turkey's southern border, inside the warzone, gathering evidence will be more hard and much more unsafe.

"A few weeks ago, this council attempted to hold Assad accountable for suffocating his people to death - with toxic chemicals", said Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN.

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Speaking earlier in Washington on Wednesday, Trump accused Assad's government of going "beyond a red line" with a poison gas attack on civilians, but he declined to spell out how or whether his administration would respond.

But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he had seen "absolutely nothing to suggest" the attack was carried out by anyone but the Assad regime.

"Yesterday's chemical attack, a chemical attack that was so horrific in Syria against innocent people, including women, small children and even attractive little babies, their deaths were an affront to humanity", Trump said, speaking in the Rose Garden alongside Jordan's King Abdullah.

If confirmed, the attack would be among the worst incidents of chemical weapons use in Syria's civil war, which has killed over 320,000 people since it began in March 2011.

But Trump did not offer any details of how USA strategy on Syria would change. "And I think a lot of it comes from an absence of a fear of reprisal", said Hawthorne.

US President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on April 5, 2017, where he said "I will tell you, it's already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much". At the U.N., Haley threatened unilateral USA action if the world body failed to act.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has called the US, Russia, Turkey and Iran to help establish a 72-hour ceasefire in Syria in order to deliver humanitarian aid to remote areas and also to the 400,000 people trapped in eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft dismissed that account, saying the United Kingdom had seen nothing that would suggest rebels "have the sort of chemical weapons that are consistent with the symptoms that we saw yesterday".

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