Trump urges Russian Federation to rein in Syrian ally
15 May, 2017, 02:48 | Author: Ora Austin
President Donald Trump today asked Russian Federation to "work together" with the U.S. to end the Syrian conflict and underscored the need for Moscow to rein in the Bashar al-Assad regime there, and Iran and their "proxies".
Trump's meeting with Lavrov came a day after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, reportedly in part because he was unhappy with Comey's expanding investigation into alleged ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign previous year to win the presidency.
Neither Washington, which backs the opposition, nor Moscow, a longtime ally of the Syrian regime, have managed to find a solution to the conflict.
McMaster said a number of issues in worldwide security would be easier to address "if Russian Federation would come to the conclusion that it could best advance its interests from cooperating with the United States and others to resolve those conflicts rather than perpetuate them".
On May 4, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to set up four de-escalation zones in Syria. An agreement on the establishment of a joint monitoring group to track the ceasefire violations was reached and a memorandum on de-escalation zones was worked out.
Regarding Ukraine, the State Department also said "the sides will discuss the need to stop the violence in eastern Ukraine and resolve the conflict through the full implementation of the Minsk agreements".
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"We had a very, very good meeting" Trump said shortly after the meeting.
The State Department added: "Sanctions on Russian Federation will remain in place until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered them". It brings together the eight countries bordering the Arctic Ocean - Canada, Russia, Norway, Denmark, the US, Iceland, Sweden and Finland.
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