Michael Fallon, the British Secretary of State for Defence, claimed in his article on Sunday Times that Russian Federation is to blame for civilian deaths in chemical weapons attack in Syrian Idlib province, according to BBC.
He specified that Moscow was responsible "by proxy" as the "principal backer" of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
"Russia must show the resolve necessary to bring this regime to heel. The Russians have influence in the region. They helped broker the original deal to put chemical weapons out of commission. This latest war crime happened on their watch. In the past few years, they have had every opportunity to pull levers and stop the civil war," Fallon wrote.
Defence Secretary stressed that gas attack was "barbaric, immoral and illegal" action, thus the response by President Trump was the right decision.
"Someone who uses barrel bombs and chemicals to kill his own people simply cannot be the future leader of Syria," Fallon stated. He also noted that Syria needs a government where Assad plays no part.
Earlier it was reported that U.S. landed a missile strike on Syrian army. It was in America’s vital security interest, according to Trump. Syrian Defense Ministry claims significant damage to Shayrat airbase. The attack was treated as the retaliatory action in response to the recent chemical attack in Idlib province.
Ukraine also positively assessed the US missile strike on the airbase in Syria.