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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow on his first visit to Russia since taking office in the administration of US President Donald Trump to discuss with his Russian counterpart the developments of the Syrian crisis.
It is obvious that the subject of the US missile strike that targeted, last Friday, the airport Shaerat in the Syrian province of Homs, Tilerson talks with his Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov, Wednesday (April 12th).
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Moscow did not view Tillerson's remarks before his visit to Russia as a "warning" to her, but rather a "muscle review" before talks with the Russian minister. For Washington.
During a meeting of foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) in Italy on Tuesday, Tilerson declared that "Russia must choose between the alliance with the United States or stay with Assad, Iran and Hezbollah." He said Washington would seek "strategic" solutions to reduce violence in Syria.
He considered that the rule of the "Assad family" is nearing the end, although he stressed that defeating the terrorist organization "Da'ash" is still a priority of the US administration in Syria.
Moscow has strongly condemned the US strike on Syria under the pretext of using chemical weapons in the town of Khan Sheikun (Idlib province), describing it as aggressive action against a sovereign state, in violation of international law, stressing that the strike would strengthen the capabilities of terrorists.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called on Washington to agree to an impartial investigation into the events of Khan Sheikhan and to refrain from making decisions based on false reports prepared by false "non-governmental organizations," including "white helmets."
The Russian side also intends to discuss with Tillerson the situation in Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan, as well as the failure of Kiev to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk Agreements on settling the dispute in Ukraine and issues related to bilateral relations between Russia and the United States.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow is determined to hold a constructive dialogue, and expressed the hope that Washington will show the same orientation during the talks.