US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday in an effort to clarify areas of sharp difference between the world superpowers.
The meeting was tense, with the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov blasting the new United States administration’s contradictory and ambiguous foreign policy at the start of the meeting with Rex Tillerson in Moscow.
Also, Russia considers Washington’s demand to abandon Bashar al Assad’s regime in Syria as absurd, while it’s fundamental that actions like last week’s US airstrike on Syria’s military airfield must never happen again.
Russia was very firm at pushing back against US demanding it to abandon its support for Syria over the alleged chemical weapons attack that was blamed on Assad’s forces.
Also, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin complained that diplomatic relations with the new White House administration are worse than under Obama’s regime, while trust between the 2 world superpowers deteriorated instead of improving, both at the working level and especially at the military level.
Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a conference call with reporters that it’s very probable for Putin and Tillerson to meet in Moscow on Thursday while Lavrov warned Donald Trump to restrain from further military strikes on Syria:
It’s “quite absurd” to demand that Russia abandon Assad as this would mean ending support for his forces that are fighting against Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria