Moscow will be guided by the statements of US President Donald Trump about Russia, and not the words of his assistant, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“And the president confirmed that he wants to establish relations with the Russian Federation, and we are ready for that,” he said.
On the eve of Trump’s national security adviser, Lieutenant-General Herbert McMaster say, it was time to “hold a tough conversation with Russia” because of the support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. According to the general, the Syrian conflict eventually spread to Iraq, and then its consequences were felt by neighboring countries and Europe. In addition, McMaster asserted that Russia conducts “subversive activities in Europe,” but he does not specify the precise nature of this activity.
At the same time, the US president himself after the visit of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Moscow expressed confidence that “everything will be fine between Russia and the United States.” “At the right time, everything will return to normal and the world will finally come,” Trump wrote in his Twitter.
Lavrov recalled that Trump made similar statements during the pre-election campaign.
McMaster became an adviser to the US president for national security after Michael Flynn was forced to leave this post because of the scandal surrounding his conversation with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak. The US media noted the reputation of McMaster as the “leading warrior-intellectual of the American army” at this appointment, and Russian senator Franz Klintsevich called him “one hundred percent hawk and one hundred percent threat to Russia from the United States.”
Recently, McMaster made a number of high-profile statements – in particular, he said that Pyongyang’s possession of a nuclear arsenal was “unacceptable” and stressed the legitimacy of a forceful solution to the problem, and also said that the United States was ready for additional steps after a missile strike against the Syrian airbase . In addition, he said, Russia had the opportunity to give a new assessment of its actions in Syria.
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, the US missile strike only aggravated the situation and made it difficult to find a political settlement in Syria, and as for the DPRK, then, Lavrov said, Moscow hopes that Washington will refrain from unilateral steps. “We do not accept Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile adventures in violation of numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council, but this does not mean that it is possible in the same way to violate international law by applying force for violating the UN Charter,” the minister said.
Original: Лавров ответил на заявления помощника Трампа о России