Putin claims intel shows more chemical attacks planned in Syria

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 21, 2017

The chemical attack killed about 80 people and injured many more, yet Russian Federation does not seem to want to budge from its position of support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"There is a low level of trust between our two countries".

Damascus values highly Russia's position regarding the USA aggression against Syria, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Thursday.

"The current state of U.S. Russian Relations is at a low point", Tillerson, who is in Moscow for meetings, said at a joint news conference Wednesday. Trump said in a note on Twitter. "A military campaign in Iraq ensued, which ended with the destruction of the country, an increased terrorist threat and the emergence of ISIS on the worldwide scene", Putin said. "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship".

Earlier in an interview broadcast on Wednesday before the meeting with Tillerson, Putin said that mutual trust between Russian Federation and the United States, especially on the military level, had eroded in the first few months of Trump's presidency.

In response to last week's chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, the USA fired 59 Tomahawk missiles against the Shayrat airfield on Friday, in the country's first strike against the regime since the war broke out six years ago.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, referring to Iraq, said, "Experiments like that, which are built on an obsession with overthrowing dictators, totalitarian or authoritarian leaders, we have already seen".

The United States responded to the gas attack by firing 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian air base. Only through working to change the dynamic of the battlefield can the worldwide community bring forth the conditions for a political solution.

Wayne White, former deputy director of the State Department's Middle East intelligence office, told Xinhua that the idea of Washington and Moscow reaching a consensus is highly unlikely.

US President Donald Trump's ostensibly dramatic decision to order a missile strike on Syria was not based on his sympathy for victims of last week's suspected gas attack, given his indifference to widespread human rights violations taking place in the US and other nations. First and foremost, there was an important conversation with President Vladimir Putin.

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