Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Zarif calls United States bombing of Syria unacceptable

Zarif calls United States bombing of Syria unacceptable

On Wednesday (Thursday NZT), Secretary of State Rex Tillerson emerged from a almost two-hour meeting with Putin saying the two countries had reached a "low point" in relations.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday the tone of the Moscow meetings had been "fairly constructive", and reflected a need for the world's two biggest nuclear powers "to maintain a dialog to search for solutions".

US President Donald Trump expressed confidence Thursday that US-Russian relations will "work out fine" after icy bilateral talks in Moscow, as he looked to China to "deal properly" with North Korea. Tillerson pointed to a lack of trust between the two countries.

"At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!"

During the press conference Lavrov acriticised the ability of the OPCW to carry out an investigation into the reported chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, calling for American and Russian experts to join the investigation.

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Russia's proposal on the investigation of Idlib chemical attack is being met with resistance, Lavrov said.

This is viewer supported news. The two countries are at odds over multiple issues, including Moscow's continued support for rebels in eastern Ukraine battling against the Kyiv government, and the USA intelligence community's declaration that computer hackers acting on orders from the Kremlin interfered in last year's US presidential election.

"Things will work out fine between the United States of America and Russia", Trump said in his tweet. A government-affiliated military media said Madaya - just west of the capital Damascus - has been cleared of armed men, adding that only mediators have entered the town to ensure that those who have stayed behind are unarmed. He said it was "unacceptable that the OPCW analyses the evidence not on location".

"We have seen very alarming actions recently with an unlawful attack against Syria", Lavrov said, referring to the 59 Tomahawk missiles Trump launched at an air base to punish Assad for using chemical weapons. However, he added that he believes Moscow and Washington have "great potential" to improve their relationship. He said the two sides would also discuss disagreements on Syria and how to end the country's six-year civil war. "No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie".

Russian Federation is Syria's ally, and on Wednesday, the country vetoed a United Nations resolution that would have called on Syria to help in an global investigation of the attack. -Russian relations with the state television channel Mir before his meeting with Tillerson. "Where is the proof that Syrian troops used chemical weapons?" "This means that they do not want success in the peace process". "That is an obvious fact". "I think it's hard to imagine".

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