U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson intends during his visit to Moscow on April 11-12 to discuss the possible deepening of cooperation with Russia on Syria. As reported by RIA Novosti, told reporters a senior state Department official.
He asked the question, will you discuss in Moscow cooperation between the US and Russia on Syria given the recent alleged chemical attack in Idlib, the responsibility for which Washington has placed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The representative of the Ministry noted that this incident is “a huge problem in the last couple of days.” “We are considering the possibility to cooperate with Russian, but no decisions have been made at this point to more to cooperate,” he said.
“If Russia makes a choice in favor of never having to consider it, sure it will be of great significance for our considerations,” added the representative. “The recent incident in Syria will have an impact on relationships. And how will Russia react to what is happening, will affect our position,” he said.
While Tillerson did not discuss a possible meeting between the presidents of Russia and the USA Vladimir Putin and Donald trump, since it is necessary to prepare the ground. “The meeting in Moscow in General our bilateral relations and prospects of their improvement”, — he explained.
Also, the Secretary will discuss during his visit to Moscow the attack in Saint-Petersburg, arms control, the fight against Islamist terrorism, North Korea and Afghanistan.
On 4 April it was reported that unidentified aircraft dropped on the opposition controlled Syrian city of Khan shaykhun chemical munitions. Killing at least 58 people, injured about 200. Indicated that is affected saliva is a sign of chemical poisoning.
Trump blamed the chemical attack in Syria on Assad. In turn, Tillerson stressed that those who “protect and support Assad, including Russia and Iran,” should not have illusions about him and his intentions.