Russia Cool Over Prospects for Warmer Ties With US

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks at the presidential palace in Damascus Syria

The two men outlined varying visions for the future of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, as well as an array of other worldwide issues, but both pledged to work on improving relations between their respective nations. "There hasn't been a single fact, although under the pressure of President Donald Trump's foes the White House has been forced to periodically make statements containing unfounded accusations against us".

Russian Federation has criticized previous investigations carried out by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations which blamed the Syrian government for at least three chemical weapons attacks.

On April 4, a reported toxic gas attack hit the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's Idlib, killing over 80 people and wounding scores of others.

Mr Johnson said: "The worldwide community sought to make clear that any use of chemical weapons by anyone anywhere is unacceptable and that those responsible will face consequences". But any such expectations have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing US investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's USA presidential election. "They still have time to be on the right side of the argument". Russian Federation has seen the same pictures that we all saw just days ago in this chamber.

The United States has implicated the Assad government in crimes against humanity, including attacks on civilians with chemical weapons.

"The principle of "innocent until proven guilty" has to be respected", Lavrov said.

Moscow and Washington have reached an understanding that further United States strikes similar to the one carried out against Syria's Shayrat Air Base "should not occur again", the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria.

Earlier Russia's President Vladimir Putin rejected allegations that Syria was behind the chemical attack, saying Syria had given up its chemical stockpile. But Tillerson repeated the administration's new belief that "the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end".

"Today the Russian president has reaffirmed that we are willing to put it back into force on condition", Lavrov said.

It's safe to say this has something to do with Syria.

The civil war is separate from the USA -led effort against the Islamic State group in the north of the country. Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the participants agreed that unilateral actions by the US were unacceptable. Putin's decision to host Tillerson signaled Moscow's intent to maintain communication with the US even as the countries bash each other publicly in louder and louder tones.

Peskov said in a conference call with reporters that Putin's meeting with Tillerson reflected the "understanding of the need to maintain a dialogue to search for solutions".

Russia's veto of a United Nations resolution condemning a deadly chemical attack in Syria and pushing Bashar Assad's regime to co-operate with an worldwide inquiry put the country on the "wrong side" of the argument, the Foreign Secretary said.

"We call on the USA and its allies to respect Syria's sovereignty and refrain from actions similar to what happened on April 7, and which have serious ramifications not only for regional, but also global security".

Trump and others have indeed threatened similar action.

In an interview with Fox News aired Wednesday, Trump said he broke the news of the USA missile strike on Syria during a dinner with Xi and that the Chinese leader "was OK with it" because it was in response to the use of "gases" and victims had included young children and babies. "Are we going to get involved with Syria?".

"The working level of confidence in Russian-American relations, especially at the military level, under the administration of Donald Trump, has not improved, but rather worsened", he said.

Russian Federation has staunchly backed Assad's government throughout Syria's six-year civil war.



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