Russian Federation blocks UN Security Council condemnation of Syria attack

Tomas Mccoy
April 17, 2017

The two were tasked with finding any common ground on the crisis in Syria.

"We had a lengthy exchange of views regarding the situation in Syria and shared perspectives on possible ways forward", Tillerson said.

Tensions between Moscow and Washington deteriorated after the U.S. launched a missile strike on a Syrian military airfield on April 6, which it said was a response to a chemical weapons attack two days earlier in Khan Sheikhoun, purportedly at the hands of the Syrian military.

Mr Lavrov admitted relations between the two nations "are not the most calm" and some issues were "time bombs" inherited from the Obama administration.

Sergey ZLavrov Russian foreign minister: We have said that there needs to be a very thorough investigation into this incident.

'Our view is that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end and they have brought that on themselves with their conduct, ' the top USA diplomat said.

Trump, meanwhile, told Fox Business News that the US had no plans to become more deeply involved in Syria and only did so because of last week's deadly chemical weapons attack that killed dozens.

The statement was made soon after Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the same assessment earlier in the day.

The United States and Russian Federation on Wednesday both presented souring views of the relationship between their two countries, exchanging sharp words as Moscow extended an icy welcome to the United States' top diplomat in a face-off over Syria.

The United States has said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for a chemical weapons attack on his people that left dozens dead.

"We have reiterated our position and were united in stating that the attack was an act of aggression, which blatantly violated the principles of global law and the UN Charter", Lavrov said.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was Russia's eighth veto in support of President Bashar Assad's regime and asked: "How could anyone look at the faces of lifeless children" and yet veto this resolution?

Russian Federation has criticized previous investigations carried out by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations which blamed the Syrian government for at least three chemical weapons attacks. Moscow has distanced itself from domestic U.S. tensions, neither supporting nor criticising Trump officially. "If you have any examples I'd be glad if you could share them with me". He says that makes it hard to have clarity about US positions. "That could happen, and it may not happen, It may be just the opposite", Trump said.

"We discussed our view that Russian Federation as their closest ally in the conflict perhaps has the best means of helping Assad recognise this reality", he said.

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