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Tillerson gets chilly post-Syria reception in Russia; U.S. warned not to attack again

A cool reception, a warning from Moscow should put an end to the Trump ‘Russian collusion’ narrative

(NationalSentinel) Diplomacy: We can officially declare the Left-wing media and Democrat narrative that Russia “hacked the election” in collusion with Donald J. Trump officially dead. Yes, we’re looking at you, Rep. Seth Moulton.

Actually, the Russians themselves are declaring it simply by virtue of their actions following the U.S. Tomahawk missile strike against a Syrian airfield believed to be the launch site of the Syrian government’s latest use of poisonous gas against civilians.

On his first visit to Moscow as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson got a chilly reception from his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who blasted the Trump administration’s “ambiguous and contradictory” foreign policy, while adding this ominous warning: That Russia “believes it’s fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again.”

As reported by Zero Hedge, Russian President Vladimir Putin – who would not meet with Tillerson – pushed back against the Trump administration’s call for Moscow to end its support for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad:

Russia pushed back against demands that it abandon Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad over a chemical-weapons attack as Bloomberg reports that the Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin is likely to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. 

Putin complained that relations with the U.S. are worse than under President Barack Obama, while Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the Trump administration’s “ambiguous and contradictory” foreign policyat the start of talks with Tillerson in Moscow Wednesday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that if it became apparent that Putin and Tillerson should meet in order to advance the talks, then it would happen. But he also called “absurd” the U.S. demand Moscow end its support for Assad, as this would mean ending support for his forces that are fighting against Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria.

The Moscow meeting will “further clarify areas of sharp difference so that we can better understand why these differences exist and what prospects for narrowing those differences may be,” Tillerson told Lavrov.

One Russia expert close to the Kremlin said he thinks publicly pressuring Putin is a non-starter and will only make things worse.

“Putin has built his reputation on never conceding to any public pressure,” said Gleb Kuznetsov, a political expert and consultant to the Kremlin on domestic policies. “An ultimatum will lead to Putin strengthening his support for Assad and this will intensify the Syrian conflict, turning it into a conflict between the West and Russia.”

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