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Following the phone call between Zarif and Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying the two sides stressed that USA missile strikes on Syria were an aggressive act against a sovereign country and violated worldwide law.

Zarif made the call during phone conversations on Monday with the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as his Russian, Omani, Syrian and Algerian counterparts, Sergei Lavrov, Yusuf bin Alawi, Walid al-Muallem and Mourad Medelci, respectively.

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Johnson announced he would not make his first official visit to Moscow on Monday as planned, saying that the Syria situation had "changed fundamentally". "Both sides emphasized that such aggressive actions against a sovereign independent country are a flagrant violation of worldwide law, above all, the UN Charter, create threats for regional security and impair the fight against global terrorism".

The statement was highly critical of Britain and its foreign minister, saying that, in Moscow's eyes, the United Kingdom "lacks an independent position on most present-day issues or actual leverage on worldwide affairs, remaining in the shadow of its strategic partners".

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They launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles against Shayrat Airfield in Syria's Homs Province early on Friday.

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering Monday for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the USA military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russian Federation to end its support for regime head Bashar Assad. However, according the Russian Defense Ministry, on April 4, the Syrian air force delivered an airstrike on the eastern outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun to destroy militant facilities used to produce chemical bombs. Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow considers the USA strike against an airbase in the Homs province an act of aggression against a sovereign nation.

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But South Korea and the U.S. say the sole goal of the THAAD system is to guard against potential missile threats from North Korea. It was also the first visit to South Korea by a senior Chinese official since the planned deployment of the U.S.