Trump security adviser urges Russian Federation to rethink Syria support

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Russia: The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin considered the move a violation of "the norms of global law".

The move was in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun earlier in the week which killed at least 86 people according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In addition, both presidents expressed readiness to deepen bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism to ensure stability in the Middle East.

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering Monday for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the USA military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russian Federation to end its support for President Bashar Assad.

The U.S. strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where U.S. officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off.

Damascus has repeatedly denied possession of any chemical weapons.

Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster described US goals to defeat the Islamic State group as well as oust Assad as somewhat "simultaneous". As the Times reported, the us military had in fact warned the Russian military before attacking the Shayrat Airfield, which serves as a crucial outpost for Russian forces stationed in Syria.

U.S. Rep. John B. Larson also sounded off about the missile strike, although he was more critical of Congress than the president.

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The United States is vowing to keep up the pressure on Syria after the intense nighttime wave of missile strikes from USA ships, despite the prospect of escalating Russian ill will that could further inflame one of the world's most vexing conflicts.

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Trump's decision was a "reaction" to Syria's use of chemical weapons. Sen.

For these reasons, I support our nation exercising the moral leadership that makes us a beacon of hope to the rest of the world.

In Damascus, dozens of Syrian students gathered outside the offices of the United Nations to protest the USA missile attack.

Cavusoglu, whose country is a strong backer of the Syrian opposition, said the most ideal process will be a political solution that leads to a transitional government accepted by all Syrians as soon as possible.

When she heard the news of the strike on Friday she said she was "happy" for a second, but "then we became anxious as we knew Assad would look for revenge on us. We won't just turn our heads and pretend it's not happening", said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Advisers said he was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the chemical attack.

Iran has provided crucial military and economic assistance to Assad throughout Syria's six-year civil war.