Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

Mandy Carr
April 17, 2017

Last week Trump ordered airstrikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack which killed 80 people and was described by the U.S. as a nerve gas attack carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

But he also said Russian President Vladimir Putin was open to re-establishing it.

The Kremlin, which has supported Assad since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, has backed up the Syrian leader, claiming he was not responsible for the attack.

France, Britain and the United States have accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of carrying out the attack that killed at least 87 civilians, including 31 children.

Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Russian leader on Wednesday gave Mr Tillerson his view of the causes of the current "deadlock" in bilateral ties.

The two top diplomats had sat down together earlier in the day to work through the fallout of last week's chemical attack in northwestern Syria, which plunged the old Cold War enemies to a new low.

"It'd be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russian Federation".

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem attends a shared press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif following their talks focused on Syria in Moscow, Russia, F.

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One day after USA cruise missiles destroyed Syrian jets, fuel and radars at the Sharyat air base, Russia withdrew from the so-called "deconfliction line", which is a military-to-military daily phone call used since late 2015 to communicate the locations of US and Russian air and ground forces in Syria.

"Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person", Trump said, referring to Assad.

"We need to attempt to put an end to this steady degradation", Tillerson said.

He said Russian Federation vetoed a Western draft United Nations resolution on Wednesday because it failed to mention the need to inspect the area of the attack.

The Russian foreign minister also wants to know the real goals of the USA in Syria, calling the Trump administration's positions so far "ambiguous" and "contradictory", according to CNBC.

"Right now, the world is a mess, but I think by the time we finish, I think it's going to be a lot better place to live".

"It's very important that there is a full investigation so that everybody knows, everybody knows, so that the entire world knows how these awful chemical attacks occurred and where they come from", said Delattre.

Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election also hovered over what was the first face-to-face encounter between Putin and any Trump administration Cabinet member.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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