Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

The Russian foreign ministry, in a statement ahead of his visit, said it was concerned about many aspects of USA foreign policy, including on Libya, Yemen and Syria, but said it was particularly concerned about North Korea. USA officials in Washington have also raised that prospect.

The barrage of Tomahawk missiles damaged or destroyed 20% of Syria's operational aircraft, according to the US.

At the two-day meeting, which started on Monday in Lucca, central Italy, the leaders of the United States and Britain expressed their intention to incorporate additional sanctions against Russian Federation for supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in a joint statement to be adopted by the G-7 leaders on Tuesday.

"We're calling (Russia and Iran) out", Haley said.

President Putin said Russian Federation has intelligence from "trusted sources" that chemical weapons provocations are now being prepared in more regions in Syria, including against Damascus, with the intent to frame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

However, Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman refused to be drawn on whether the United Kingdom would support further USA military action, saying it was a "hypothetical question".

G7 efforts to build a united front against Assad comes just ahead of Tillerson's trip to Moscow, the first for a high-ranking Trump administration official.

The G-7 has called for an independent worldwide investigation into last week's chemical attack in Syria, and Johnson says depending on what it finds "those responsible for unleashing those chemical weapons" could face sanctions - including Russian officers.

"There are obviously different opinions, and I am referring to my colleague Boris Johnson, who raised the issue", he said, adding: "The position of the G7 is very clear".

Russian Federation has rejected accusations that Assad used chemical arms against his own people and has said it will not cut its ties with the Syrian president, who has been locked in a six-year-old civil war that has devastated his country.

He called Moscow "incompetent" for failing to hold up its end of a deal to rid Syria of chemical weapons, and accused Russian Federation of interfering in European-but not American-elections.

Until Monday, U.S. officials had said they weren't sure if the drone was operated by Russian Federation or Syria.

Tillerson says the United State is confident in its assessment that Syria used chemical weapons in a bombing last week and alleged that Syria has used such weapons more than 50 times in the past. It's unclear whether Putin will grant Tillerson a meeting.

Putin also said some Western countries have publicly supported last week's USA airstrikes on Syria because they are eager to improve ties with President Donald Trump.

Turkey last week conducted autopsies on three victims of the gas attack who were brought from Syria.

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