Russia's Lavrov and US Tillerson spoke by phone about situation in Syria
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 18:23
He said Russian Federation would demand Washington explain why it conducted the strikes.
The US is "disappointed but not surprised" at Russia's response to its strikes on a Syrian air base suspected of storing chemical weapons.
Tillerson is expected in Moscow this week for talks with Russian officials.
"The failure related to the recent strike and the recent awful chemical weapons attack in large measure is a failure on Russia's part to achieve its commitment to the worldwide community", he added.
Since taking office in February, the former Exxon Mobil CEO has admittedly shunned the spotlight and the press.
President Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with South Korea's leader to discuss Syria and North Korea. Moscow said the assault was a false appearance to dispatch an air ambush against Mr. Assad's legislature.
"I don't draw conclusions of complicity at all, but clearly they've been incompetent and perhaps they've just simply been out-maneuvered by the Syrians", Tillerson said in an interview with ABC's This Week program. Tillerson's visit is still said to be on the agenda.
In the ongoing war in Syria, Russia has backed the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad militarily.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said "terrorists are celebrating" the U.S. strikes on the air base. "This move by Washington has dealt a serious blow to Russian-U.S. relations, which are already in a poor state".
It would have been a significant trip, the first by a British foreign secretary for five years, and could have been an opportunity for the United Kingdom to use its good offices - or at least, its getting-better offices - to report back to the meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy on Monday and Tuesday.
The criticism from the foreign policy establishment's left and right that has dogged his tenure is dying down.
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The two men "condemned the American operation against a Syrian airbase which is an aggression against an independent country", Iran's state news agency IRNA said. "This is the administration's first crisis but it won't be their last by a long shot, so he's going to have to get used to this".
Still, Putin's government has been optimistic about Trump's presidency. Instead, he was thrust to the forefront after photos of the bodies piled in heaps in Idlib, Syria, dramatically altered the agenda.
"Justified and appropriate though USA action was, it was also necessarily limited".
And have been particularly active in days following the chemical attack on the Syrian people.
He said a solution could only come about if Mr Assad quit as president.
The challenge will be greater in Russia's capital this week.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed disappointment Friday at Russia's hostile reaction to missile strikes against Syria, but said Moscow's trenchant support for the regime was unsurprising. Russian Federation is fully supporting Syria and trying to make excuses for the use of weapons of mass destruction. By proxy Russian Federation is responsible for every civilian death last week.