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 Boris Johnson canceled visit to Moscow as Russia defenses Assad regime, - Guardian

The British foreign secretary had been due to fly to Russia on Monday for talks with his direct counterpart, the first such meeting since 2012. But the Foreign Office confirmed on Saturday that Johnson would no longer make the trip because “developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally”.

Censor.NET reports citing the Guardian.

"My priority is now to continue contact with the US and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April - to build coordinated international support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process. We deplore Russia's continued defense of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. We call on Russia to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the international community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated," Johnson said.

At the same time, U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson is going to visit Moscow to deliver a "clear and coordinated" message.

Read more: "US strike on Syrian airbase may be only 'cosmetic' if not followed by removal of Assad regime," - Turkish Foreign Minister

On April 7, U.S. warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase following a chemical airstrike in the province of Idlib blamed on President Assad.

UNICEF confirmed at least 27 children had been killed in the attack in Idlib.

The United States' Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the response was "fully justified" and warned that the U.S. was prepared to do more but hoped that it would not come to that. "The United States will not stand by when chemical weapons are used. It is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons," Haley said.
 
 
 
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