US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes Russia

US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes Russia

Russian Federation has revealed it warned the United States about "red lines" it should not cross before it launched airstrikes on Syria.

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

"We came very close to a re-launching of the Geneva process with a real dialogue between Syrians, mainly on the question of constitutional reform", Lavrov noted.
"And the results show that they did not cross these red lines".

The Kremlin had threatened retaliatory action if strikes were launched- but it now appears there was at least some level of cooperation.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who arrived in Damascus last Saturday, needed "full, immediate and unhindered access" to the site in the town of Douma.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian army shot down 71 out of the 103 missiles fired during the attack, using Russian-made air defense systems, including S-125, S-200, as well as the Buk and Kvadrat units.

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"We no longer have such moral obligations", Lavrov said.

USA military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to RIA state news agency.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that President Trump indicated he could visit Moscow if Russian leader Vladimir Putin comes to the United States.

"We proceed from the fact that the USA president in a telephone conversation. made such an invitation, said he would be glad to see (Putin) in the White House, would then be glad to meet on a reciprocal visit", Lavrov said in comments posted on the foreign ministry's website.

Asked about the strikes and whether they "burnished" Mr Assad's image, Ms Pierce said: "I think it's exposed him as a suspected war criminal who gasses and attacks and bombs his own people with illegal weapons".

It comes as Trump invited his Russian counterpart to the USA during a phone call, and said he would be glad to see Putin in the White House, according the Russian foreign ministry.

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