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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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Turkey: US airstrike is 'positive response to war crimes'

Turkey has welcomed a US missile strike at a Syrian airbase, calling it a positive response to "war crimes".

Turkey welcomed the US missile strike Credit: DoD News

It follows Donald Trump's retaliation against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians.

In a statement, Ibrahim Kalin - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's official spokesman - called for a no-fly zone to be imposed and safe zones created in Syria "without delay".

The destruction of Sharyat airbase marks an important step to ensure that chemical and conventional attacks against the civilian population do not go unpunished.

– Ibrahim Kalin

Turkey's foreign ministry has also welcomed the strikes, saying it viewed them 'extremely positively'.

"Steps that will ensure similar crimes do not go unpunished and accountability is established will have the full support of Turkey," the ministry said in a written statement.

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