Putin, Trump Will Never Allow US-Russia War

Frederick Owens
April 23, 2018

Lavrov also said that President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump had discussions regarding the possibility of having a state visit to each of the two countries.

"We base our assumptions on the fact that during a phone conversation, which has already been revealed to the public, the US President extended this invitation and said that he'd be glad to welcome him in the White House and to meet with him during a return visit".

It was in response to Israeli pleas that Putin froze a contract to supply the missiles to Syria, Bloomberg reported, although he said at the time that Moscow would "think how we should act in the future" in the event of a U.S. attack.

The United States, Britain and France said the strikes were in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Douma.

Previously, both the White House and the Kremlin had only revealed that Trump had invited Putin to the White House during the same call on 20 March.

Lavrov said that Trump indicated he could make a reciprocal trip to Russian Federation if Putin was able to accept his invitation to the White House.

Speaking at a news conference following his meeting with U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in the capital Moscow, Lavrov said building up U.N. presence in Syria is important for humanitarian assistance and gathering authentic information.

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The comments from the Russian official come during a period of incredibly frosty relations between Washington and Moscow.

The US, Britain and other western allies responded by expelling over 150 Russian diplomats, and Moscow, which has fervently denied the British accusations, responded in kind.

The recent USA -led strikes were launched in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people in Douma earlier this month.

But given the latest spiraling of the crisis - in particular the use of the alleged Douma chemical attack as pre-text for striking Syria - things may take a U-turn.

"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", Russia Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov wrote in a statement.

The Pentagon said that all 105 missiles fired at three Syrian chemical facilities reached their targets, while the Russian military said Syrian air defences downed 71 out of 103 US missiles.

"After all they are leaders, elected by their people and are responsible for their peace", Lavrov added.

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