Russia is about to get a clear and coordinated message from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and six other Group of Seven foreign ministers to cease supporting Bashar al-Assad.
Many European nations approved of the U.S.’ decision to strike a Syrian airbase in retaliation for last week’s deadly gas attack, which killed civilians and children. According to Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, the missile strike caused “renewed harmony” between the U.S. and its G-7 partners.
“We need to remember that not 10 years ago, but 100 or 120 days ago, the concern in Europe was that the United States and the EU were moving apart,” Alfano told reporters on Sunday. “I welcome this renewed harmony.”
U.S. relations with President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, have deteriorated since the strikes, with Putin backing the Assad regime in Syria.
In a joint statement made on Sunday, Russia and Iran vowed that they will “respond to any aggression.”
“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines,” they said, adding, “From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is, and America knows our ability to respond well.”
President Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters that Russia should re-evaluate its support for Assad. He also said that Russia needs to make a decision about whether or not it should continue its support for a “murderous regime,” as Trump weighs the next steps against Syria.
Tillerson plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after the scheduled G-7 meeting this week.
H/T: Fox News
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