Russian Federation maintains support for Assad after Tillerson meeting
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 17:46
Boris Johnson has said he is "dismayed" at Russia's veto of a United Nations resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The meetings Wednesday "represent a continuation of our communications and discussions and dialogue that began in Bonn", Tillerson said, referring to a G-20 summit on February 16. when he met with Lavrov.
Moscow last week suspended its memorandum with the Washington after its missile attack on Syrian military air base.
During a joint press conference Wednesday, Tillerson said the two had a "lengthy exchange of views regarding the situation in Syria and shared perspectives on possible ways forward".
After meeting with Tillerson, Sergey Lavrov warned the U.S. against any attempt to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, saying it could lead to chaos as it did in Iraq and Libya, the CBC reports.
Citing the countries' disagreements, Tillerson said, "We need to attempt to put an end to this steady degradation".
But the civil war in Syria has driven a wedge between Moscow and Washington, upending what many in Russian Federation hoped would be a transformation in relations, which reached a post-Cold War low under Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama. Tillerson said that the two countries agreed to set up a working group to stabilize their relationship and solve smaller issues.
Russian interference in last year's USA president campaign is "fairly well-established" and "is one that we know is serious enough to attract additional sanctions", Tillerson said.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made it clear on Wednesday that the United States will not support the continued rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has warned that Russian Federation could become an "island" if it doesn't find a way to save face and side with the U.S. and its allies in opposition to Assad. However, Putin appears to have found time to meet with the former recipient of Russia's Order of Friendship, who reportedly ditched his press pool to catch up with Putin.
US secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian president Vladimir Putin and foreign minister Sergey Lavrov at the Kremlin Wednesday.
Lavrov said he had a "frank" talk with Tillerson.
Russia "saw some very troubling actions regarding the attack on Syria", he said, according to an official Russian interpreter. He says both countries have agreed that their lines of communications must stay open.
Tuesday, the White House declassified a us intelligence report that accused Putin of a cover-up to "confuse" and "obfuscate" on behalf of Assad.