Tension is growing between Washington and Moscow on Syria

On the occasion of a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov “urged Washington to take measures to prevent provocations against Syrian Government troops that are fighting terrorists.” Ahead of a new round of Syria talks scheduled on July 4-5, 2017 in Astana (Kazakhstan) sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey, the local situation has suddenly deteriorated as if each party wished to flex its muscles a priori.

After the US military shot down a Syrian fighter jet and Israeli forces targeted Syrian positions, Washington now accuses Damascus of preparing for a “new chemical attack.” De facto excluding any tierce party involvement, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has warned that “any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people.”

The words are clear and the tension is palpable while appeasement seems not for tomorrow.