9 Apr 2017

Syria ‘red line’: Kremlin ratchets up the rhetoric

In a deliberate echo of presidential phrases, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah today issued a joint statement condemning the US missile strike on Syria as having crossed “a red line”.

They also said their support for the Syrian military would increase and  they would “respond to any aggression”.  As the Kremlin ratcheted up the rhetoric against the United States, it also dismissed news that Boris Johnson had cancelled a planned visit to Moscow saying the British foreign secretary had “no real influence”. Jane Dodge reports