Staffan de Mistura calls for de-escalation in Syria

Casey Dawson
April 22, 2018

After the US-led strikes, Russian Federation no longer has any moral barriers on S-300 missile system deliveries to Syria, Lavrov said.

"Speaking about risks of a military confrontation, I am 100 percent sure that [both the United States and Russian] militaries won't allow this, and of course neither will President [Vladimir] Putin or President [Donald] Trump", Lavrov said.

"We need a political de-escalation, not only a military de-escalation, and I think that would be possible with further discussions", he said.

"It's so obvious, that the military officials can't but understand it, and they understand it better than many others".

Mr Lavrov suggested that the US Congress could be responsible for inciting "Russophobia" in an attempt to unite America.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with US leader Donald Trump, Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov told RIA Novosti.

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However, he admitted that the engagement is not now being prepared.

President Donald Trump held talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in which he invited him to the United States, RIA Novosti reported on Friday, citing the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Answering a question whether organization of the meeting of the two leaders stalled, Lavrov said that the Russian leader is ready for the meeting, but it is not being prepared yet.

The minister of foreign affairs went on to remark that Russian Federation has heard America's calls for less tension between the East and West and that "only a fool" would not want good relations between the two superstates. "We also hear this".

Western countries accused Russian Federation of hindering the OPCW investigation, while Moscow said that the experts can not enter the area due to a lack of the UN's permission over safety concerns following the US-led strikes.

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