Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

Mr Trump ordered a series of missile strikes last week in response to the deaths of more than 80 people, including children, during a chemical attack in a rebel-held town.

Last week, the USA military launched a missile strike against a Syrian government airfield in response to the chemical weapons used against civilians.

Spicer said later his mention of barrel bombs as a potential trigger for further action by the United States did not reflect a change in position.

After the chemical attack, Trump said his attitude toward Assad "has changed very much" and Tillerson said "steps are underway" to organize a coalition to remove him from power.

Reacting to media reports that Tillerson would use his visit to press Moscow to back away from supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's biggest Middle East ally, Peskov signaled that was a non-starter. "I think this President has made it very clear that if those actions were to continue, further action will definitely be considered by the United States".

Çavuşoğlu will attend a meeting in Italy on April 11 on the sidelines of G-7 Foreign Ministers gathering in which latest developments in "Syria dispute" will be discussed.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who arrived in Moscow after a G7 meeting in Rome, was set to meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday for talks expected to focus on the situation in Syria, Efe news agency reported.

Tillerson's visit comes nearly a week after at least five people were killed and seven others injured after the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha'irat, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city of Homs.

The officials reiterated that the US has not yet reached a conclusion about whether Russian Federation knew in advance about the attack but noted the history of close cooperation between the two countries' militaries.

Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy, of the Russian General Staff, said Russia will provide security for global inspectors seeking to examine Syrian bases, and that Damascus has agreed to allow the inspections.

He said that instead he would work with the United States and other G-7 nations "to build coordinated global support for a cease-fire on the ground and an intensified political process".

Another U.S. official cautioned that no final American determination has been made that Russian Federation knew ahead of time that chemical weapons would be used.

I think it's also worth thinking about Russian Federation has really aligned itself with the Assad regime, the Iranians, and Hezbollah.

Interestingly, fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles had gone out of their way not to hit anything important, and the fact that Russian Federation didn't bother to use its S-400 missile defence system. "Japan and the United States will jointly call on China to play a bigger role", Kishida told reporters after meeting Tillerson in Lucca.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow for potentially hard talks with his Russian counterpart, amid acrimony over a chemical attack on civilians and subsequent US strike on a Syrian airbase.

They added that personnel "historically associated with chemical weapons programs" were spotted at the air base in March for preparations and again on the day of the attack.