USA did not violate red lines during Syria strikes, says Russian Federation

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 22, 2018

"We proceed from the fact that the USA president in a telephone conversation. made such an invitation, said he would be glad to see [Putin] in the White House, would then be glad to meet on a reciprocal visit", Lavrov said.

On April 14, the US, UK and France delivered punitive strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime on Saturday in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks in Douma that killed more than 40 people including a number of children.

Mr Lavrov said: "There were military leadership contacts, between generals, between our representatives and the coalition leadership". "And the results show that they did not cross these red lines".

White House national security adviser John Bolton told Russia's ambassador on Thursday that better relations between the two countries required addressing US concerns on election meddling, a chemical attack in Britain, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria, the White House said. "We had the moral obligations, we had promised not to do it some 10 years ago, I think, upon the request of our known partners", he said according to RIA.

Worldwide inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Damascus nearly a week ago but are still waiting to visit the site of the suspected attack.

Russia's foreign minister said today that the U.S. sought out and respected Moscow's positions in Syria when it launched its air strikes last week.

"Now we have no such moral obligation", he remarked.

US President Donald Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House during a phone call on Friday in a bid to avoid a direct military standoff, as relations between the two countries reached breaking point following Russia's suspected involvement in a chemical attack in Syria last week. "President Putin is ready for such a meeting", Lavrov said.

A new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation and the US-led missile strikes on Syria added uncertainty to the possible Putin-Trump meeting.

Lavrov that Trump indicated he could make a reciprocal trip to Russian Federation if Putin were able to accept his invitation to the White House.

Trump proposed a meeting with Putin at the White House in a phone conversation on March 20, Lavrov recalled in an interview with Russia Today published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website, adding that Moscow hopes Trump will give specifics on his invitation. Lavrov says the Trump administration hasn't followed up on the offer and Russian Federation has urged the discuss specifics about such a meeting.

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