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Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Vladimir Putin ready to meet Donald Trump: Russia

Vladimir Putin ready to meet Donald Trump: Russia

Trump told Putin he would be happy to make a reciprocal visit to Russian Federation, the RIA news agency quotes Lavrov as saying.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday Russia did not know how the situation in Syria would evolve in terms of the country maintaining its territorial integrity, the Interfax news agency reported.

Moscow's chief diplomat added that such a summit was not now being discussed but the Kremlin hopes that a meeting at the White House would materialise.

The US expelled 60 Russian diplomats and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle as punishment.

After the US-led strikes, Russian Federation no longer has any moral barriers on S-300 missile system deliveries to Syria, Lavrov said.

The minister of foreign affairs added that the United States secretary of defence, James Mattis, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff understand that provoking World War 3 would be "unacceptable" in what appeared to be a desperate effort to calm world tensions.

"I would simply turn your attention to the fact that Donald Trump after this phone conversation has said several times in both Tweets and in words that it is necessary to resolve issues with Russian Federation, we want to have good relations with Russian Federation, this is better than not having good relations, and that only a fool thinks otherwise", Lavrov said.

"We have also been very clear with regard to the consequences for potential participation in an F-35 program and more broadly our military-industrial cooperation with Turkey", he added.

White House national security adviser John Bolton told Russia's ambassador on Thursday that better relations between the two countries required addressing United States concerns on election meddling, a chemical attack in Britain, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria, the White House said.

"The statement by Mr. Mitchell [US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell] that Ankara risks falling under sanctions if it purchases S-400 systems from Russian Federation, is exactly an example of a blackmailing attempt in the hope that it will be possible to ensure unfair competition for American companies", Lavrov said.

"This would be a step away from the prospect of a military crisis and a military solution to the problem that is the Korean peninsula", he added.

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