Russia Calls West Erratic on Syria as U.K.'s Boris Johnson Scraps Trip
- U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson canceled a trip to Moscow over the conflict in Syria, fueling the crisis between Russia and the west after a U.S. missile strike against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
With Syria on the agenda when the Group of Seven's foreign ministers meet in Italy on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Johnson's preference to discuss Syria with his G-7 peers was an "absurd" reason to cancel and a sign of erratic policy. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson still plans to visit Moscow after the G-7 meeting to deliver a "clear and coordinated message to the Russians," Johnson said on the U.K. Foreign Office's website on Saturday.
"There's an impression that our western colleagues live in their own parallel reality," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said by text message when asked about Johnson's decision. "First, they try to build joint plans single-handedly and then -- again single-handedly -- change them, inventing absurd reasons."(Excerpt) Read more at: bloomberg.com ...
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