Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Putin Refuses To Meet With U.S. Secretary Of State

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow today. This after UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pleaded with G7 members to give Tillerson the leverage to dangle sanctions in front of the Syrian and Russian military. But Tillerson left for Moscow empty handed after Italian Minister Angelino Alfano said "There is no consensus on additional new sanctions, We must have a dialogue with Russia and we must not push Russia into a corner,” And Tillerson met even more resistance as he flew directly to Moscow from the G7 in Italy. The NY POST reported "Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not meet Russian President Vladimir Putin when he visits Moscow this week, according to the Kremlin.The top American diplomat will instead meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters.Peskov said the US military strike had shown Washington’s complete unwillingness to cooperate on Syria — adding that renewed calls for Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad to step down would not help to resolve the crisis.”