Tillerson cites Russian inaction as helping to fuel Syrian poison gas attack

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He also welcomed United States missile strikes at the Syrian military airfield, calling them a response to Tuesday chemical attack in Idlib.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrike on the eastern side of Khan Sheikhoun killed a woman, marking the first death in the town since Tuesday's chemical attack that killed 87.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, supported the USA missile strikes against the Shayrat airbase, saying they show that alleged chemical and conventional attacks targeting civilians won't "go unpunished".

"I find it disappointing, but sadly, not that surprising".

Turkey's foreign minister says Ankara sees the US intervention in Syria as appropriate but not enough.

"We victoriously concluded the War of Independence together, we founded the republic together, this victory is ours, the republic is ours", Yildirim said.

But it highlights the rudderless nature of Turkish policy in Syria, as Ankara tries to forge stronger relations with both Moscow, Assad's main backer, and Washington, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally hitherto reluctant to confront the Syrian leader head-on.

USA strikes on Syria represent major shift for Trump
Syria, ironically, was one of the few areas where analysts believed Moscow and Washington might be able to find common ground. Syrian opposition officials maintain that the government's stocks were not fully accounted for, and that it retained supplies.

The U.S. charged that the planes carrying the chemical weapons flew out of the Shayrat air base, where seven people were killed by the American missiles.

"The failure related to the recent strike and the recent bad chemical weapons attack in large measure is a failure on Russia's part to achieve its commitment to the global community", he added.

"It came after senior MPs had warned relations between Britain and Russian Federation were at their worst since the Cold War and the deadlock needed to be broken".

United States media reports have suggested that images of chemical weapons attack victims, especially those of children and babies, played a role in convincing Trump the USA needed to take action.

Syrians protest in Damascus against chemical weapons Saturday a day after the US missle launch on a military base in central Syria.

Just a month ago, Ankara was ruling out compromise with Washington over the involvement of YPG fighters in a planned assault on Raqqa, one of Islamic State's two de facto capitals along with Mosul in Iraq.

"I'm disappointed in that response. because it indicates their continued support for the Assad regime", the U.S. top diolomat said. Russian Federation is fully supporting Syria and trying to make excuses for the use of weapons of mass destruction. "A major player in northern Syria, albeit with no good options to escalate".

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