The Secretary of state has urged Moscow to reconsider its attitude to...

The Secretary of state has urged Moscow to reconsider its attitude to Assad


Rex Tillerson

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On the eve of visit to Moscow the head of the state Department Rex Tillerson urged Russia to “carefully weigh” their policy of supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Earlier Dmitry Peskov said about not unequivocal support for Syrian President

A few days before his visit to Moscow U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson called on the Russian authorities to carefully consider its policy towards the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. A video of Tillerson’s speech published in the official Twitter of the state Department.

“It is very important that the Russian government had carefully weighed their continued support of the Assad regime,” said Tillerson at a press confernece at the airport in palm beach.

“Given that he [Assad] has done, he has no place in the leadership of the Syrian people,” he said. In addition, Tillerson said about the preparation of measures for the removal of Assad from power. He declared it, answering a journalist’s question, considering whether he and the US President Donald trump the possibility of forming an international coalition to overthrow Assad. “These measures are taken”, — said the head of American diplomacy.

He again confirmed that the US has no absolutely no doubt about who was behind the chemical attack in Syria. “We have no doubt, given the information we have that the Syrian regime under Bashar al-Assad was responsible for this attack,” he said.

A senior state Department spokesman commented in more detail. As transfers Reuters, on condition of anonymity, the official stated that Russia’s reaction to the recent chemical attack in the Syrian Idlib affect the development of Russian-American relations. In addition, he said that on Wednesday, April 5, Tillerson spoke on the phone with the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov. During the conversation he also laid the blame for the chemical attack on the Assad regime.

Tillerson will visit Moscow on April 12. The U.S. side said that during the visit he intends to discuss the situation in Syria and Ukraine, the issue of the DPRK and other issues. Washington said the meeting with Tillerson and Russian President Vladimir Putin is possible, if you follow the invitation.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov in an interview with Associated Press said that Russian support for Assad is not unconditional. “Unconditional support is impossible in this world”, — said the press Secretary of the President, adding that “it is wrong to say that Moscow can convince Assad to do what Moscow wants”. “It is absolutely wrong,” — said Peskov.

He noted that Russia and Damascus, “mutual support”, but Assad and his army — “the only real power in Syria that can fight the terrorists on the ground”. Peskov said that Russia expects a full-fledged international investigation of the attack before the UN Security Council will take any resolution condemning a chemical attack.

Chemical attack on the village of Khan shaykhun the southern Syrian province of Idlib occurred on 4 April 2017. According to the Syrian monitoring centre for human rights, SOHR, the attack killed at least 72 people, including more than 20 children and 17 women. The number of victims exceeded 500 people.

For ifnormatsii sources CNN, Donald trump said that considering the use of military force in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. According to the source, while a firm decision on the matter there: the possibility of such action trump discusses with Secretary of defense James Mattis. Trump and the Pentagon continue consultations, said the source channel. The CBS reported that in the near future Mattis will invite Trump to strike with cruise missiles on Syria from the U.S. Navy warships deployed in the region.