Lavrov Says Russia, Us Agree Strikes On Syria Should Not Be Repeated
Russia and the United States have a shared understanding that U.S. air strikes on Syria should not be repeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem in Moscow on Thursday (April 13).
He said this was "concluded" during Wednesday's (April 12) visit of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow.
Lavrov also called the U.S. missile strikes on the Syrian air base last week "extremely provocative". He told Muallem Russia hoped a political process would be allowed to play out in Syria.
The U.S. Secretary of State said on Wednesday Washington saw no role for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the future of Syria, adding he must eventually relinquish power, a position starkly at odds with Moscow.
Syria's al-Muallem called the strikes an act of "aggression" that took place without U.N. approval. He said they were an attempt to "hinder the peace process (in Syria)."
Washington says it acted to punish the Syrian government for what it said was a devastating nerve gas attack Damascus launched against its own people that killed scores in Idlib.
Russia and Syria say an international investigation should be left to determine who was to blame and what happened.
The Syrian foreign minister on Thursday accused Donald Trump's administration of wanting the peace process in Syria to fail.
Lavrov and al-Muallem are set to hold trilateral meeting and a briefing with their Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday (April 14) in Moscow.