The foreign ministers of Russia, Syria and Iran warn the US that further unilateral actions - like the strikes on a Syrian airbase last week - pose a threat to the whole world. David Doyle reports.
A warning to the US from the foreign ministers of Russia, Syria and Iran. The trio meeting in Moscow Friday (April 14), saying any further unilateral action would with consequences and pose a danger to the whole world. Repeating their condemnation of US airstrikes on a Syrian airbase, Russia's Sergei Lavrov used Iraq and Libya as examples of previous failed American interventions. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "We insist that the United States and their allies should respect Syria's sovereignty and refrain from actions such as the one on April 7, because they can lead to the most serious consequences not only for regional but also for global security, and for the foundations upon which the international law and world order are based." The US fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at the al-Shayrat airbase last friday. That was in response to a chemical weapons attack three days earlier (April 4) on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 people. President Donald Trump pointed the finger of blame at Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Assad denied responsibility. In Moscow, Syria's Walid al-Muallem restating that his government no longer possesses chemical weapons, a claim disputed by Western powers. Lavrov meanwhile saying the circumstances around the chemical attack are still not clear. He's demanding an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.