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Number 10 Downing Street has issued a statement suggesting that Russia should cut ties with the Syrian regime. A Downing Street spokesperson has commented, saying:
‘Theresa May tonight spoke with US President Trump to discuss last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria and the US response.
The president thanked the Prime Minister for her support in the wake of last week’s US military action against the Assad regime.
The Prime Minister and the president agreed that a window of opportunity now exists in which to persuade Russia that its alliance with Assad is no longer in its strategic interest.
They agreed that US Secretary of State (Rex) Tillerson’s visit to Moscow this week provides an opportunity to make progress towards a solution which will deliver a lasting political settlement.
They also discussed the broader Middle East, including the threat posed by Iran throughout the region.
The Prime Minister and president also stressed the importance of the international community, including China, putting pressure on North Korea to constrain the threat it poses.’
Theresa May has not released her own statement yet as she is currently on holiday in Wales.
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Earlier this week, a Syrian chemical gas attack shocked the world after it killed more than 70 civilians (including children).
The heartbreaking attack took place in Idlib, in the north-western province of Syria and essentially caused many to choke to death.
‘It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,’ the US President said.
And with the news that Donald Trump decided to strike Syrian government-controlled Shayrat airbase via satellite in retaliation, the world is now asking who is to blame.
The general consensus is that a chemical weapons attack happened but there hasn’t been enough investigation to 100% confirm that it was down to the Syrian government – however most fingers are pointing towards the Assad regime.
This retaliation marks the United State’s first attack on Syria and is said to further complicate their nation’s relationship with Russia.
The US President has said of his decision that ‘it is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.’
It seems that this could mean that the Trump administration will explore ways to remove Syrian president Bashar al-Assad from his current position.
It is unknown how Russia will react to all of this but it’s believed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the US strikes were a violation of international law.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has said: ‘This is not the first time the United States has resorted to such a thoughtless step, which merely exacerbates existing problems and threatens global security.’
Today, Donald Trump has released a statement stating: ‘There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the chemical weapons convention, and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council.’
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