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Moscow Stands with Syria, Says U.S. Downing of Warplane ‘Act of Aggression’

Moscow Stands with Syria, Says U.S. Downing of Warplane ‘Act of Aggression’

by Breitbart Jerusalem19 Jun 20170 19 Jun, 2017
19 Jun, 2017

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov condemned the United States on Monday for shooting down a Syrian warplane, describing it as an act of aggression.
“This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America’s line to disregard the norms of international law,” Ryabkov told journalists in Moscow, according to the TASS state news agency.

“What is this if not an act of aggression?” he said in Russia’s first official reaction to the downing of the plane on Sunday.
“It is, if you like, help to those terrorists that the US is fighting against, declaring they are carrying out an anti-terrorism policy,” Ryabkov said.

The US-led coalition said the Syrian plane had dropped bombs on its allies fighting against the Islamic State group in the war-torn country.

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Moscow Seeking Closer Ties with Israel Over Syria

Moscow Seeking Closer Ties with Israel Over Syria

by Breitbart Jerusalem22 Jun 20170 22 Jun, 2017
22 Jun, 2017

The Jerusalem Post reports: Russia wants to increase cooperation with Israel regarding Syria, and would like Jerusalem to use any influence it has to get opposition groups there to lay down arms and enter negotiations, Konstantin Kosachev, a senior Russian parliamentarian, told The Jerusalem Post.
Kosachev, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, was in the country on Tuesday and Wednesday with Viktor Ozerov, the chairman of the Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee, for meetings with the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

In a late night interview Tuesday in his Jerusalem hotel, Kosachev said that Russia’s intervention and actions in Syria serve the interests of other countries in the region, including Israel.

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Russia Backs Out of Meeting with State Department as U.S. Renews Sanctions

Russia Backs Out of Meeting with State Department as U.S. Renews Sanctions
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by Penny Starr21 Jun 20170 21 Jun, 2017
21 Jun, 2017

Russia has backed out of meeting with U.S. State Department officials at the Kremlin planned for later this week following the renewal of sanctions against Russia for its “ongoing violation” of Ukraine’s sovereignty by occupying parts of that country.
“We regret that Russia has decided to turn away from an opportunity to discuss bilateral obstacles that hinder U.S.-Russia relations,” State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement, noting that the “package of sanctions” issued by the Treasury Department this week is protocol that has been followed by the federal government twice a year since the sanctions were put in place.

“If the Russians seek an end to these sanctions, they know very well the U.S. position: Our sanctions on Russia related Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine will remain in place until Russia fully honors its obligations under the Minsk Agreements,” the statement said.  “Our sanctions related to Crimea will not be lifted until Russia ends its occupation of the peninsula.”
“The situation is not conducive to holding a round of this dialogue,” said Sergey Ryabkov, the Russian deputy foreign minister, according to the Associated Press.

“The Russians protested that the new sanctions update is unwarranted because Ukraine has failed to fulfill its own obligations under the Minsk ceasefire agreements,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“Sanctions have yet again been adopted without any good reason,” Lavrov told reporters. “Regrettably, our [European Union] colleagues have devised a devious formula, according to which all sanctions will be lifted when Russia implements the Minsk Agreements… The only thing I can say now is that I regret the anti-Russia obsession of our American colleagues that is overstepping the limits.”
“The cancellation of the upcoming summit could strengthen Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s opposition to a new package of Russia sanctions that have passed the Senate but not the House. Tillerson warned lawmakers that the bill might preempt his efforts at diplomacy with Russia,” the Examiner reported.

“From our perspective, and as Secretary Tillerson has made clear, there are many issues to be discussed,” Nauert’s statement said. “We remain open to future discussions.”