Putin Still Ready To Meet Trump Following US Strikes On Syria

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Russia's Defense Ministry said that the missile strike against Syria's military and civilian infrastructure facilities was carried out by U.S. planes and naval ships in cooperation with British and French air forces between 03:42 and 05:10 Moscow time.

Mr Lavrov said he was 100% convinced Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump would not allow an armed confrontation between the two superpowers.

Trump proposed a meeting with Putin at the White House in a phone conversation on March 20, Lavrov recalled in an interview with Russia Today published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website, adding that Moscow hopes Trump will give specifics on his invitation.

"President Putin is ready for such a meeting", Mr. Lavrov said in an interview with state news agency RIA Novosti.

The US France and Britain carried out air strikes on what they said were Assad's chemical weapons installations in response to an alleged chemical weapon attack.

"It's so obvious, that the military officials can't but understand it, and they understand it better than many others", Lavrov said.

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Lavrov added that Trump said he would be happy to make a reciprocal visit to Russian Federation. He stressed, however, that Russian Federation would review the decision if the US attacked. That prompted the U.S., Britain and France to launch a missile strike on Syria.

Further stoking tensions was the purported chemical attack in Douma on April 7. Russian Federation condemned the strike on its ally as an "act of aggression".

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

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

"I'm 100 percent convinced that the military won't allow it", Lavrov said, adding that the Russian and USA presidents also "bear responsibility before the people which elected them for peace and security".


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