Putin 'ready' for Trump summit, Lavrov says

US blames Syria for delaying inspectors

Putin ready to meet Trump: Russian FM

He said that he was convinced Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump would not allow an armed confrontation between their two countries, RIA reported.

"They are leaders, after all, elected by their people and responsible for their peace".

"Speaking about risks of a military confrontation, I am 100 percent sure that [both the U.S. and Russian] militaries won't allow this, and of course neither will President [Vladimir] Putin or President [Donald] Trump", Lavrov said.

The comments from the Russian official come during a period of incredibly frosty relations between Washington and Moscow.

The Russian foreign minister referred to a statement made earlier this week by US Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell. Trump told Putin he would be happy to make a reciprocal visit to Russian Federation, the RIA news agency quotes Lavrov as saying.

The US France and Britain carried out air strikes on what they said were Assad's chemical weapons installations in response to an alleged chemical weapon attack.

Syrian forces used Soviet-era air defense systems and fired 112 surface-to-air missiles to repel the USA -led strikes, destroying 71 out of the 103 missiles launched by the Western coalition last week, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Lavrov criticised the US-led missile strikes on Syria last week as they undermined the Geneva talks for the Syrian settlement under the auspices of the United Nations at a time when Russia, Turkey and Iran very closely approached the resumption of the Geneva process. Russian Federation promised not to send S-300s to Damascus around 10 years ago at the request of its partners, he said.

"We heeded their calls".

"Now we have no such moral obligation", he remarked.

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