Russian Federation challenges United States to prove chemical attack in Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 20:09
Tillerson said President Donald Trump's administration was of the view that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "cannot stay in power".
President Donald Trump pauses during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Washington.
More than 80 people were killed in what the USA has described as a nerve gas attack that Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out. "They were there. We'll find that out", he said.
But Trump did not seem to change in his assessment of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Trump has spoken of admiringly in the past.
Lavrov, who was co-hosting the April 12 press conference in Moscow, said progress had been made on Syria and a working group would be established to improve communication between the USA and Russia, Reuters reported. -Russian ties and identify problems. Safronkov said ahead of the vote that Russian Federation had proposed to the United States that a joint request be sent to the OPCW to send a fact-finding team to Khan Sheikhun and the Shayrat air base, which the United States maintains was used to launch the chemical attacks.
But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria.
Russian Federation - along with Britain, China, France and the U.S. - are permanent members with veto powers, while the other 10 members are elected for two-year terms on a rotating basis. "And we suspect that they have help", a USA military official told reporters at a background briefing Friday.
The Syrian representative noted that the Syrian government, basing on its firm principles, has joined the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Convention and fulfilled its obligations in this regard since it made unprecedented achievement in the OPCW's history and ended the Syrian chemical weapons program in record time, back in 2014. And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader.
He called Syrian regime leader Assad "an animal" on Fox Business Network, adding that Putin's support for Assad is "very bad for Russia" and "very bad for mankind".
While the most immediate U.S.
Tillerson, a former oil executive, might once have looked like the flawless envoy to mend strained ties, having worked closely with the Kremlin while negotiating deals for energy giant ExxonMobil.
The men know each other well from Tillerson's days as Exxon Mobil CEO. Tillerson said he aims to clear up "sharp differences" with Russian Federation.
US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, called on Moscow to stop protecting Assad, and said the US wants to work with Russian Federation toward a political solution for Syria.
Trump and others have indeed threatened similar action.
But also, the USA feels right now that it has made the case that Russian support for Assad must end. "But we can start by working together to actually de-escalate the conflict", she said.
Only weeks ago, it appeared that Trump, who praised Putin throughout the US election campaign, was poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russian Federation.
Russian Federation blocked a Western effort at the UN Security Council on Wednesday to condemn the gas attack and push Assad to cooperate with global inquiries into the incident.
U.S. relations with the Kremlin have become politically toxic for the White House on the back of claims Putin conspired to get Trump elected.
Sestanovich said new US policies will be needed to prompt new Russian responses. "I like to think they didn't know".
The United States is ready to work towards a diplomatic solution to end the six-year war in Syria, Washington's UN envoy Nikki Haley said on Wedneday.