Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

US Kept Syria Missile Strikes Within Russian 'Red Lines'

US Kept Syria Missile Strikes Within Russian 'Red Lines'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Moscow informed the Trump administration of certain areas in Syria considered to be "red lines" prior to the military strike that took place in early April.

According to military analysts, the S-300 surface-to-air missile system would improve Russia's ability to control air space in Syria where Moscow's forces support Assad and could be aimed at deterring tougher US action.The state-of-the-art S-300 is capable of engaging up to six targets simultaneously, with two missiles assigned per target to ensure a high kill probability.

Lavrov also revealed that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed the possibility of visiting each other's country when the US president rang up Russian counterpart last month to congratulate him on his re-election.

"Vladimir Putin, who's been a strong man around since his days in the KGB, has got to be looking at the President of the United States and saying, 'I can work this guy, '" said Mudd. The U.S. and its allies blame Syria for the attack, but Damascus and Russian Federation deny any such weapons were used.

"He returned to this topic a couple of times, so we let our American colleagues know that we do not want to impose, but we also do not want to be impolite, and that considering that President Trump made this proposal, we proceed from the position that he will make it concrete", said Mr. Lavrov.

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When the leader seemed to indicate he would cease his activities if Trump would meet with him, the USA president took the bait. The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the suspension of nuclear and ICBM tests went into effect Saturday.

The US expelled 60 Russian diplomats and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle as punishment.

Further stoking tensions was the purported chemical attack in Douma on April 7.

Lavrov said: "There were military leadership contacts, between generals, between our representatives and the coalition leadership".

Lavrov said Russian Federation is now planning to supply Syria with modern S-300 air defense weapons to improve the country's shield against future strikes. That prompted the U.S., Britain and France to launch a missile strike on Syria. "We had the moral obligations, we had promised not to do it some 10 years ago, I think, upon the request of our known partners", he said according to RIA. According to the ministry, the Syrian air defenses shot down 71 out of 103 missiles fired by the United States and its allies. "This would be a step away from the prospect of a military crisis and a military solution to the problem that is the Korean peninsula", he added.

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