U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to Moscow on April 12
nsnbc : U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to Moscow on April 12, merely days after the United States hit the al-Shairat Airport in the countryside of Homs, Syria, with more than 50 cruise missiles, allegedly in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Arab Army. The strike was carried out even though UN experts called for a full and comprehensive investigation and warned against jumping to conclusions.
The Trump administration’s Secretary of State will reportedly urge Russia to rethink its continued support for the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. Rex Tillerson is scheduled to travel to Moscow on Wednesday, after he attends the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Italy from April 9 to 11.
Having little diplomatic experience the new U.S. top-diplomat has, however, extensive experience as oil executive and has according to many Syria, Syrian Kurdistan, and Iraqi Kurdistan with its major oil reserves are major factors where Tillerson’s “experience” may be perceived as “handy” for the United States.
As of Sunday, a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly been removed from Tillerson’s Moscow schedule while he is likely to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to follow up on the Trump administration’s gu-boat diplomacy. Tillerson had harsh comments for Russia, which Washington blamed for failing to rein in its ally, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
“Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been simply incompetent,” said Tillerson on Thursday night. He was referring to the Kremlin’s alleged failure to prevent the Syrian government from allegedly conducting a poison gas attack that killed scores of people in rebel-held Idlib province.
In 2013, the Syrian government surrendered its chemical weapons under the supervision of the Russia government and international organizations even though extensive investigative journalistic work showed beyond reasonable doubt that it were foreign-backed “rebels” rather than the Syrian Arab Army that used chemical weapons.
An in depth investigation into the chemical weapons attack in East Ghouta in August 2013 for example clarified the chain of command and identified the commander, Zahran Alloush of Liwa-al-Islam, who had given the final order for the attack. Read the in-depth investigation into the August 2013 attack HERE. It is noteworthy that nsnbc, two months prior to the 2013 attack repeatedly warned that the attack was planned and upcoming.
CH/L – nsnbc 09.04.2017
Related in-depth analysis into the timeline and chain of command of the chemical weapons attack in East Ghouta, August 2013, including nsnbc international’s warnings about the attack two months in advance: