Reacting to media reports that Tillerson would use his visit to press Moscow to back away from supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia’s biggest Middle East ally, Peskov signalled that was a non-starter.
“Clearly there’s been a lot of activity, and it’s on the uptick now,” said a senior US official familiar with Central American affairs, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive situation.
Assad Allies: “From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or breach of red lines from whoever it is, America knows our ability to respond well.”
Trudeau, who is in New York for an annual women’s summit, roundly condemned the Syrian incident, which killed more than 70 people, including children.
Putin said the missile strikes broke international law and has halted agreement with US aimed at avoiding clashes between their forces in the skies over Syria.
Russia says poison gas leaked from rebel chemical weapons struck by Syrian bombs. Hasan Ali, Free Idlib Army rebel commander, calls Russian statement ‘lie’.
“Separatist Taiwan independence forces and their activities are the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a monthly news briefing.
Theresa May is facing resistance from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the European Parliament to her goal of conducting negotiations on Britain’s future trade relations with Europe at the same time as talks on arrangements for Brexit.
Eager to head-off any possible diplomatic fallout, Julie Bishop met with China’s ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, on Tuesday, the source said.
Brexit has begun, with Britain formally filing Article 50, a letter to the European Union giving notice of the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the EU.
Iran has announced retaliatory sanctions on 15 American companies over their support for Israeli crimes and terrorism two days after Washington imposed bans on nearly a dozen foreign companies or individuals for aiding the Islamic Republic.
“As before, I see no reasonable alternative to the goal of two-state solution,” Merkel to reporters before talks with Palestinian President Abbas in Berlin.
Le Pen backs the lifting of the European Union’s economic sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict – a stance she reiterated.
Moscow, which denies having any expansionist or aggressive agenda, accuses NATO of trying to destabilize central Europe and has respond by forming four new military divisions to strengthen its western and central regions and stepping up exercises.
At issue for Taipei is whether Trump-Xi meeting will harm Taipei’s interests as US begins new arms package for Taiwan, a move sure to anger China.
“The joint interests of China and US far outweigh the differences, and cooperation is the only correct choice for us both,” Chinese President Xi said.
“Once there is chaos in North Korea, it would first bring disaster to China. I’m sorry, but the United States and South Korea don’t have the right to demand this of China,” it said in an editorial.
Merkel, who officials say has prepared carefully for the encounter, is likely to press Trump for assurances of support for a strong European Union.
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Germany’s defence minister called for changes to the way NATO members’ commitments to budget targets are assessed, in the face of bigger demands from Trump.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press China to do more on perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting President Donald Trump.