U.S. 'bombed' United Nations peace talks on Syria: Lavrov

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USA military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to RIA state news agency.

"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.

The call, which took place March 20, drew national attention due to Trump congratulating Putin on his reelection victory, despite his national security advisers warning him not to do so.

Russian Federation and al-Assad have both denied that the attacks took place, and the Kremlin issued a stern warning following the airstrikes from the United States, United Kingdom, and France.

A Russian army commander has also said that Moscow would consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria following USA -led strikes.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, Russia's top diplomat said in an interview published by state media on Friday. The U.S., Britain and other Western allies responded by expelling over 150 Russian diplomats, and Moscow, which has fervently denied the British accusations, responded in kind. Russian Federation condemned the strike on its ally as an "act of aggression".

Joint Staff Director, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, said Thursday that US military officials believe there was probably some chlorine and some sarin at all of three Syrian chemical weapons facilities targeted in last Saturday's missile strikes.

"Now, we have no moral obligations", he said.

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 US missiles.

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

"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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