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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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US 'disappointed' but not surprised by Russia criticism

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to visit Moscow next week. Credit: AP

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said he is "disappointed" in but not surprised by Russia's criticism of the US airstrikes on a Syrian airfield as an "act of aggression".

Mr Tillerson, who is scheduled to visit Moscow next week, was questioned on Russia's comments during a White House media briefing.

"I'm disappointed in (the Russian) response," he said. "Because it indicates their continued support for the Assad regime and, in particular, their continued support for a regime that carries out these type of horrendous attacks on their own people.

"So I find it very disappointing, but, sadly, I have to tell you, not all that surprising."

Russia's foreign ministry has said it expects Mr Tillerson to explain Washington's stance on the airstrikes during his visit, according to the Interfax news agency.

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