Trump seems to rule out deeper United States intervention in Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 6:23
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the two countries had agreed to work together on an worldwide investigation into the attack that prompted retaliatory American missile strikes.
Tillerson said that he and Lavrov discussed Assad at length and that he made clear that the Trump administration has come around to the view that the Syrian President can not stay in power.
Mr Lavrov said after talks with the US Secretary of State that some progress had been made on Syria and that a working group will be set up to examine the poor state of U.S. -Russia ties.
Lavrov, addressing a news conference, said that Moscow is ready to restore an air safety agreement covering Syria which it had suspended after last week's U.S. missile strikes on Syria.
Moscow has strenuously objected to Trump's decision to launch 59 U.S. Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base that the U.S. says was used to launch the attacks that pummeled civilians with nerve gas, resulting in 87 deaths.
Trump, meanwhile, told Fox Business News that the US had no plans to become more deeply involved in Syria and did so only because of last week's deadly chemical attack that killed dozens.
Both Syria and Russian Federation have denied that forces loyal to the Assad regime carried out the toxic gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April.
"It reminds me of the events in 2003 when United States envoys to the Security Council were demonstrating what they said were chemical weapons found in Iraq".
The dim view of U.S.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he and Trump had agreed in their talk that "NATO is a bedrock of security, both for Europe and for the United States... and therefore I welcome the very strong commitment of the United States to the security of Europe". "No", Trump told Fox Business News in an interview that aired Wednesday.
Putin offered one olive branch during his meeting with Tillerson, saying he's ready to restore an accord with the U.S.to avoid conflicts between their militaries in the skies over Syria, according to Lavrov.
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. US spending, too, has tapered off in recent years.
But any such expectations have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing USA investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's US presidential election.
He added that the USA "cannot give Putin a pass on either one of these outrageous acts".
"Clearly our view is that reign of Assad family is coming to an end". Trump on Tuesday said that his administration would not get involved in Syria, but did not define exactly what that meant.
Trump said it was "certainly possible" that Putin knew about the attack, blamed on Assad, indicating Russian officials were present at the source airbase, which Trump later bombed.
The council was meeting ahead of a vote later in the day on a draft resolution demanding that the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the suspected chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.