Lavrov to Tillerson: US Syria Strike ‘Unlawful, Very Disturbing’

April 12, 2017
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday told visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Moscow views the US strikes in Syria as a violation of law.

“I will be frank that we have a lot of questions regarding very ambiguous as well as contradictory ideas regarding a whole plethora of bilateral and international agenda coming from Washington,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov stressed that it is “fundamentally important to prevent future US attacks on Syria.” He pointed out that it is difficult for Moscow to receive Washington’s explanations on operational issues because “not all State Department positions have been filled” yet.

Lavrov meanwhile, said that the US State Secretary Tillerson’s visit to Moscow comes at the right time and is a “good opportunity to clarify the prospects of the cooperation.”

For his part, US State Secretary Tillerson responded by saying that the meeting with Lavrov gives the US the opportunity to discuss differences in bilateral relations and even narrow them.

“This meeting comes at an important moment in our relationship, so that we can further clarify areas of common interest. We can better understand why the differences exist and what the prospects to narrow them are,” Tillerson said ahead of his talks with Lavrov in Moscow.

Tillerson then said that he looks forward to open, candid and frank exchange during his meeting with Lavrov in Moscow.

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow on Tuesday. He became the first representative of the Trump administration to come to Russia.

Source: Sputnik

Tillerson on a Tough Mission in Moscow As Syria Tension Rises

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow with Russia unlikely welcoming his calls for it to stop backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Tillerson on a Tough Mission in Moscow As Syria Tension Rises

While Tillerson’s decision to skip a NATO summit and visit Moscow initially seemed to highlight the White House’s desire for better relations with Russia, expectations shifted after Donald Trump launched cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase last week.

The days when Russian politicians talked about better relations and state television trumpeted Trump as a “real man” were clearly over.

As Tillerson began his meetings in Moscow on Wednesday, the question was not so much whether he could reach an agreement on Syria, but whether he could start any sort of dialogue at all.

His first meeting with Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, at February’s G20 summit in Germany began with an apparent disagreement over the presence of journalists.

For his part, spokesman of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that a meeting with Tillerson was not on Vladimir Putin’s schedule “for now”, and the US embassy said it had no information about a potential meeting.

Putin would probably meet with Tillerson only if the sit-down with Lavrov were relatively cordial and productive, Russian analysts said.

“If they remain totally opposed and are only talking about America putting forward an ultimatum, and Russia refuses, then a meeting [with Putin] is meaningless,” said Alexei Makarkin, a political analyst.

Meanwhile, Trump’s future strategy in Syria remains unclear, which could further complicate the conversation with Russia.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

12-04-2017 | 11:27

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