Putin continues to defend Assad: Syria is upholding chemical weapons agreement

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated today that the level of trust between Washington and Moscow has dropped since U.S. President Donald Trump entered the White House. He also said that the Syrian regime is upholding its commitment to get rid of its chemical weapons.
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Today (Wednesday), U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. In the beginning of the meeting, Lavrov warned Tillerson that the Kremlin will not tolerate another American attack on Syrian soil.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also commented on the tensions between Washington and Moscow on Wednesday. He said that “the level of trust between the United States and Russia has plummeted under Trump’s administration.” He also said that Syria “is upholding its commitment to get rid of its chemical weapons,” according to TASS.

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In addition, Putin mentioned the chemical attack in Idlib. He said that there are two possible explanations for the attack: “The first version is that the regime’s aircraft hit a chemical weapons arsenal belonging to the rebels and the second version is that the attack was fake.”

Before meeting with Lavrov, Tillerson said that the two are expected to discuss the no-fly zones above Syria. The U.S. State Department admitted that there are serious disputes between Washington and Moscow but Tillerson said that he hopes that his meeting with Lavrov will help ease the tensions between the two countries.



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