Tag: Russia

Putin: US-Russia relations have gotten worse

US-Russia relations have worsened since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a transcript posted Wednesday by the Kremlin, Putin said: “You can say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military side, has not improved but most likely worsened.” His comments come as […]

Russian foreign minister scolds Tillerson over Syria during Moscow visit

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was met with a stern scolding by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Wednesday, as the two leaders convened for a full day of meetings in Moscow. Lavrov criticized the U.S. for airstrikes on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warned that similar action was unacceptable to Russia, and […]

No sign Putin seeks to cool friction with US

It is hard to see US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson coming way from the talks he is holding with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow Wednesday, April 12, with a neatly wrapped diplomatic package for cooling the boiling tensions between their governments. President Vladimir Putin seems more than ready to turn up the heat. […]

‘Our Hope Is Bashar al-Assad Will Not Be a Part of (Syria’s) Future’; Urges Russia to ‘Realign’ With U.S.

In a statement he read to reporters on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson repeated something he said on Sunday, that “the United States’ priority in Syria and Iraq remains the defeat of ISIS.” But Tillerson also expressed “hope” for regime change in Syria, and he urged Russia to “realign with the United States” and […]

Putin on US Chemical Weapons Allegations: ‘It’s Boring, Ladies. We Have Seen This All Before’

Russian President Vladimir Putin charged Tuesday that the U.S. was wielding allegations of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime as a pretext for military action, just as it did in 2003 with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Doubling down on suggestions that last week’s toxic gas attack and subsequent U.S. missile strike against a Syrian airbase […]

White House lists evidence of Russian “cover-up” on Syrian chemical attack

The White House is convinced that the Syrian government used sarin gas on its own citizens, according to senior administration officials. In a background briefing on Tuesday, they laid out their evidence, including why they think Russia is conducting a “disinformation” campaign.   The “immense” quantity of video and eyewitness evidence, as well as intelligence […]

White House: Russia, Syrian regime trying to ‘confuse’ the world over chemical attacks

The White House said Tuesday the Syrian regime and Russia are trying to “confuse the world community about who is responsible for using chemical weapons against the Syrian people in this and earlier attacks.” Senior administration officials stopped short of saying there was definitive proof of Russian collusion with Syria on the chemical attack last […]

The Latest: UK’s Johnson says more Russia sanctions possible

The Latest on the meeting of the foreign minister of the Group of Seven (all times local): 2:05 p.m. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says there could still be new sanctions imposed on Russian military officers over their support for the Syrian government — even though G-7 allies ignored his call for new punitive measures […]

Putin hardens Moscow’s support of Syria regime before Tillerson visit

Vladimir Putin has deepened his support of the Syrian regime, claiming its opponents planned false-flag chemical weapon attacks to justify further US missile strikes. The Russian president’s predictions on Tuesday of an escalation in the Syrian war involving more use of chemical weapons came as US officials provided further details of what they insist was […]

Russia sends 2 more warships to Syria after US cruise missile strike

Russia sent two corvettes, an oiler, and a tug boat to the Eastern Mediterranean off the coast of Syria days after two US Navy ships fired 59 cruise missiles at an airfield controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a defense official told the US Naval Institute. The ships should reach the area within the next […]