BOCHAROV RUCHEY (Russia), (Sputnik) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that those responsible for the incident in Syria’s Khan Shaykhun must be brought to justice.
"Such a barbaric attack must not go unanswered. Today we came to an agreement with Putin that the perpetrators of the attack must be punished," Erdogan said following his talks with Putin.
Early April 7, 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. US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapon use in Syria's Idlib, which Washington blames on the Syrian government. Russia described the attack as an aggression against a sovereign state.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Sputnik that Western states are blocking attempts to investigate the Idlib chemical incident because in the event of a probe it will be established that the "attack" was a false flag and lie.
The OPCW announced in January 2016 that Syria’s weapons arsenal had been destroyed in accordance with an agreement reached after the 2013 Ghouta attack.