(NationalSentinel) Diplomacy:Â We can officially declare theÂ Left-wing media and Democrat narrative that Russia “hacked the election” in collusion with Donald J. Trump officiallyÂ dead. Yes, we’re looking atÂ you, Rep. Seth Moulton.
Actually, the Russians themselves are declaring it simply by virtue of their actions following the U.S. Tomahawk missile strike against a Syrian airfield believed to be the launch site of the Syrian government’s latest use of poisonous gas against civilians.
On his first visit to Moscow as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson got a chilly reception from his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister SergeiÂ Lavrov, who blasted the Trump administration’sÂ “ambiguous and contradictory” foreign policy, while adding this ominous warning: ThatÂ Russia “believes itâ€™s fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again.”
As reported byÂ Zero Hedge, Russian President Vladimir Putin – who would not meet with Tillerson – pushed back against the Trump administration’s call for Moscow to end its support for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad:
Russia pushed back against demands that it abandon Syrian leaderÂ Bashar al-AssadÂ over a chemical-weapons attack as Bloomberg reports that the Kremlin said PresidentÂ VladimirÂ PutinÂ is likely to meet with U.S. Secretary of StateÂ Rex Tillerson.Â
Putin complained thatÂ relations with the U.S. are worse than under President Barack Obama, while Foreign MinisterÂ Sergei LavrovÂ criticized the Trump administrationâ€™s â€œambiguous and contradictoryâ€ foreign policyat the start of talks with Tillerson in Moscow Wednesday.
Kremlin spokesmanÂ Dmitry PeskovÂ told reporters on a conference call that if it became apparent that Putin and Tillerson should meet in order to advance the talks, then it would happen. But he also called “absurd” the U.S. demand Moscow end its support for Assad,Â as this would mean ending support for his forces that are fighting against Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria.
The Moscow meeting will â€œfurther clarify areas of sharp difference so that we can better understand why these differences exist and what prospects for narrowing those differences may be,â€ Tillerson told Lavrov.
One Russia expert close to the Kremlin said he thinks publicly pressuring Putin is a non-starter and will only make things worse.
â€œPutin has built his reputation on never conceding to any public pressure,â€Â said Gleb Kuznetsov, a political expert and consultant to the Kremlin on domestic policies.Â â€œAn ultimatum will lead to Putin strengthening his support for Assad and this will intensify the Syrian conflict, turning it into a conflict between the West and Russia.â€