Russian Federation says experts can examine Syrian base

  • Russian Federation says experts can examine Syrian base

Russian Federation says experts can examine Syrian base

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed doubt that the Ukrainian conflict is a point of interest for US taxpayers, his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault has said, Reuters reports.

The Syrian opposition will take some heart from the US strikes and hope for more USA action. "We can not let this happen again". Instead, the hoping to use the visit - the first by a Trump Cabinet official to Russia - to convey expectations to Moscow and allow Russians time to respond. Ministers meeting in the walled Tuscan city of Lucca strongly supported US missile strikes that targeted a Syrian air base believed to have been used to launch the attack.

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said the US intervention had offered "a window of opportunity to construct a new positive condition for the political process in Syria".

After last Tuesday's chemical attack in Syria, Trump said his attitude toward Assad "has changed very much" and Tillerson said "steps are underway" to organize a coalition to remove him from power.

Last Thursday 59 Tomahawk missiles were fired on the government-controlled base in the United States' first direct military action against Assad's forces. We are prepared to do more.

On Monday Tillerson raised fresh expectations for aggressive US action - and not only in Syria - as he visited the site of a Second World War Nazi massacre in central Italy, saying the USA would hold to account "all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world". It's unclear if Putin and Tillerson will meet. They endorsed a joint call for Russian Federation to abandon Assad. Only a week ago, top Trump officials had spoken off deprioritizing past USA efforts to remove Assad from office and accepting the "reality" that 18 months of Russian military intervention had secured him in power.

Last week's strike against the Assad regime has left the world with "geopolitical whiplash" on the state of the U.S. -Russia relationship, as the New York Times put it.

According to Italy's ministry, the two men agreed to continue their conversation with "a common goal of preventing an escalation of violence" and relaunching a political process for stabilizing Syria.

A meeting of the "likeminded" countries was hastily arranged on the sidelines of a Group of 7 industrialized economies in Italy, days after the US for the first time launched airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

France said it will be pressing again for a UN Security Council resolution condemning the chemical attack in Syria and calling for a thorough investigation so the world knows how it occurred and who was responsible.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says U.S. "This is Russian Federation putting their name on the line", he said.

Russian Federation plans to put forward a proposal on Monday for an independent and impartial investigation of the attack, a spokesman for German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in Berlin.

USA presidents have a tradition of entering office and expressing hope for improved relations with Russian Federation. The animosity is especially striking given widespread speculation that Trump, who lavishly praised Putin during his campaign, would pursue rapprochement with Moscow.

The Russian president also said Moscow has received intelligence about planned "provocations" using chemical weapons that would be used to pin the blame on the Syrian government.

Alfano, speaking at a ceremony paying tribute to the victims of a Nazi wartime massacre in the village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, north of Lucca, told reporters he had invited "other countries which have a similar view to ours on Syria".