Russia: US planning to attack Syria again
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 8:26
The secretary of state is seeking to leverage both global condemnation over the Syrian regime's alleged use of Sarin gas against civilians and President Donald Trump's recent display of American military might to weaken Russia's support for President Bashar al-Assad.
Until Monday, U.S. officials had said they weren't sure whether Russian Federation or Syria operated the drone.
Tillerson accompanied Alfano to Santa'Anna di Stazzema, where 560 civilians, including some 130 children, were killed in 1944. But in interviews broadcast Sunday, Tillerson said he sees no reason for retaliation from Moscow because Russian Federation wasn't targeted.
As their envoys gathered in Moscow, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were voicing protests of their own.
Before heading to Russia, Tillerson told reporters that Moscow had either failed to take seriously its obligation to rid Syria of chemical weapons, or had been incompetent.
"I'm hopeful that we can have constructive talks with the Russian Federation government, with Foreign Minister (Sergey) Lavrov, and have Russian Federation be supportive of a process that will lead to a stable Syria", Tillerson said on ABC's "This Week" ahead of the visit.
It is also taking place amid an ongoing terror threat that was underscored by the Palm Sunday bombing of Coptic churches in Egypt claimed by the Islamic State group, and another truck attack on European soil, this time in Stockholm, on Friday.
Russian Federation planned to put forward a proposal on Monday for an independent and impartial investigation of the attack, a spokesman for German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, calling it "a good and important sign".
It was an unforeseen turn of events for Trump, who praised Putin repeatedly during last year's election campaign and said he would like to work more closely with Russian Federation to defeat Islamic State. Still, Haley said the US didn't see a peaceful future for Syria with Assad in power.
The talks will be a major test of Tillerson's diplomatic skills.
But one senior official said it was significant that Russian Federation suspended, and did not cancel, cooperation with the United States after the air strike.
His decision drew taunts from opponents that Johnson was a "poodle" of the Americans who had been told to stay home so he would not upstage Tillerson. Putin and Tillerson are scheduled to meet Wednesday, reports said.
Washington has sent mixed signals about whether it shares the determination of allies such as Britain that Assad must be removed from power. As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was making the Trump administration's first official trip this week to Russia, McMaster said Russia will have to decide whether it wanted to continue backing a "murderous regime".
But the official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn't have been a coincidence, and that Russian Federation must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.
Among European nations, there are also differences.
Haley said "getting Assad out is not the only priority" and that countering Iran's influence in Syria was another. Akdag, in comments reported by the state-run Anadolu agency, said that worldwide organizations and United Nations, "should declare Assad". "To prevent military violence to escalate on and on, it's all about this".