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UK attacks Russian support for Syria regime after US airstrikes

The UK government has attacked Russia's role in alliance with the Syria regime as international tensions continue in the aftermath of the suspected chemical attack and retaliatory US airstrikes.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has pulled out of a visit to Moscow saying "we deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime".

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said Russia is responsible for "every civilian death" in Bashar Assad's suspected sarin attack on his own people.

US President Donald Trump has meanwhile written to both chambers of Congress justifying his decision to launch the retaliation strikes.

US senator John McCain has told ITV News the US and its allies must add momentum to Mr Trump's intervention by working to force President Assad out.

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Haley: US prepared to take more action if necessary

Nikki Haley, US envoy to the UN, has said that the country's decision to launch strikes against Syrian air bases was "fully justified", and that it is prepared to take more action but hopes it won't be necessary.

She said that the move was to deter the country from using chemical weapons against its people again, saying: "Bashar al-Assad must never use chemical weapons again. Ever."

Haley also condemned Iran and Russia for their part in Syria, since Russia was "supposed to have removed all the chemical weapons in Syria".

"Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russia has stood beside him," she said. "The world is waiting for the Russian government to act responsibly in Syria."

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