We're Not Going Into SyriaBy Darlene Powers Apr 13, 2017
"Days after the US launched a strategic missile attack on Syria in response to the country's use of chemical weapons, questions swirled as to whether the Putin would meet with Tillerson during the secretary's first visit to Russian Federation in his new capacity as chief diplomat".
Peskov said President Vladimir Putin's current agenda does not include any scheduled meetings with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, noting that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has recently contacted his Turkish counterpart.
"It can be said that the level of trust at the working level, especially at the military level, has not become better but most likely has degraded", he told state broadcaster Mir TV. Such a message that can make it clear to every party that they are not faced by an incompetent hesitant president, but rather with one who can launch strikes against the Assad regime. It is customary for USA secretaries of State to see Putin when the arrive in Moscow. Tillerson is a former oil executive who was awarded Russia's Order of Friendship by Putin.
Lavrov gave Tillerson an icy welcome Wednesday, diving straight into Moscow's grievances with Washington in what would usually be warm opening remarks.
There are differences between Russian Federation and Turkey over Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said yesterday. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future".
Syria and Russian Federation have vehemently denied the regime carried out the attack.
Donald Trump has criticised Vladimir Putin for backing "a truly evil person", as he defended his cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase. Russia, Assad's staunchest ally, has insisted that Assad is blameless and that it was actually the rebels responsible for the disbursed chemical weapons.
Mr Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer said Mr Tillerson would go into the meeting with Mr Lavrov to "make sure we let Russian Federation know that they need to live up to the obligations it has made" to halt Mr Assad's chemical weapons use. "I think it's very bad for Russian Federation".
Tillerson responded, saying: "We touched on it briefly, on the issue of cyber security and, in particular, on the challenges that it is placing on everyone, in terms of a new threat, an emerging threat".
It was a hostile start to the long-awaited meeting, which began with the two men entering a conference room making very little eye contact.
Russian officers could face sanctions over Syria
Amid the heightened global tensions, Downing Street called on all sides to work to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive USA actions against Syria violated global law.
Russian Federation has argued that civilians in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun likely died of toxic agents released from a rebel arsenal hit by a Syrian airstrike - a theory categorically rejected by the US and its allies.
Putin's comments come during a major diplomatic rift with the United States over a gas attack last week that killed 89 people in Syria's Idlib province.
"It was planned and executed by Syrian regime forces we are quite confident of that".
The Kremlin maintains that airstrikes hit a depot containing chemical weapons stockpiled by terrorists.
Putin added that Syria had given up its chemical weapons stocks, Reuters also reported. "We call on establishing an global coalition on demining Syria".
Days after that attack, President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike that targeted a Syrian air base - a strike that Russian Federation says violated global law.
And Trump says in an interview with Fox Business News that solving the standoff with North Korea isn't "as simple as people would think".
Syrian U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said Syria had sent dozens of letters to the Security Council, some detailing "the smuggling of sarin from Libya through Turkey on a civilian air plane by using a Syrian citizen".
"The absolute mass of data we have in all the different vehicles we've gotten it.it's just too massive for really any intelligence organisation to fabricate in that short a period of time", the official said. Aides later clarified that this "did not signal a change in administration policy". Putin quickly invited the Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers to Moscow on Friday, the day after Tillerson departs.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that while defeating ISIS was first priority, further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime would not be tolerated and could warrant additional military action. "But if I see them using gas.we have to do something".
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