UK makes up absurd pretext to cancel Johnson visit: Russia

Russia says using the recent US strike on Syria as a pretext for cancelling a trip to Moscow by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is absurd.

Johnson, who was due to visit Moscow on April 10, announced on Saturday that he cancelled the trip. “Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally,” he said in a statement.

US President Donald Trump ordered a military attack on a Syrian airbase in Homs province just a day after he accused President Bashar al-Assad for last week’s suspected chemical weapons attack, which killed at least 70 people in the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province.

“My priority is now to continue contact with the US and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April – to build coordinated international support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process,” Johnson said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova makes a statement on the US strike on Syria in Moscow on April 7,…

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