Minister Sergei Lavrov said that despite the rising tensions between Washington and Moscow, The US military ensured that no Russian soldier was killed or injured during the strikes that had been orchestrated against President Bashar-al- Assad's regime. A new round of USA sanctions against Russian Federation and the US-led missile strikes on Syria added uncertainty to the possible Putin-Trump meeting.
The question of providing S-300 air defense systems to Syria has not been settled yet, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the media in Beijing on Monday.
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 March 20. I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that after the phone talk, Donald Trump several times said and left tweets saying that issues with Russian Federation shall be settled and they seek good relations with Russian Federation, it is better than not having good relations, and only a fool thinks differently. The American military airstrikes were in response to a suspected chemical gas attack on the district of Douma. Syria intercepted 71 out of over 103 cruise missiles and air-surface missiles launched at civilian and military targets, the MoD said, adding that Russian air defense units stationed in Syria were not involved in repelling the attack. The hopes for better ties between Russian Federation and the United States have withered amid the continuing investigation into the alleged interference of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections by the Kremlin.
Russian President's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has, meanwhile, declined to comment on whether Moscow will supply the S-300 systems to Syria, stressing that last week's Western missile strike on Syria "had further deteriorated situation around the Syrian settlement". "Now that this outrageous act of aggression was undertaken by the US, France and United Kingdom, we might think how to make sure that the Syrian state is protected".
"The UN calls on the OPCW to do what they must do and to do it as soon as possible so that we could turn this page", he said.
Lavrov said: "There were military leadership contacts, between generals, between our representatives and the coalition leadership". He said: "I am 100% sure that the military will not allow this to happen and neither President Putin nor President Trump will allow this to happen".