Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “Attack on Syrian airbase plays into extremists’ hands”

RSFP

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has discussed the U.S. missile strike in Syria with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone conversation, the ministry has said. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stressed there is no evidence of Syria’s involvement in the Idlib chemical incident. On Saturday he told his American counterpart that the U.S. strike on the Syrian base had played into the extremists’ hands. Lavrov told his U.S. counterpart that Washington’s claims, accusing the Syrian army of the use of chemical weapons in Idlib on April 4, were “inaccurate and inconclusive“, the ministry said. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said [in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” host, George Stephanopoulos, which was aired Sunday] the Syrian crisis can only be solved through a political process, claiming it’s not regime change but the defeat of Daesh (ISISI, ISIL, IS…) terrorist group that Washington is seeking in Syria. “Our strategy in Syria, our priority is first to defeat ISIS“, the U.S. official said …(read more here and here).

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