Tillerson Says Russia Must Push Out Assad; Lavrov Accuses US of Shielding Al Nusra; Russia Vetoes UNSC Resolution

April 12, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillersen with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Photo by state.gov

Update: US Secretary of State Rex Tillersen says Russia must push out Syrian dictator Assad; Russia vetoes latest UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

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Tillerson Says Russia Must Push Out Assad; Lavrov Accuses US of Shielding Al Nusra; Russia Vetoes UNSC Resolution

Truckers on strike in Russia. Photo by Izolda Drobina.

The ruble is trading at 56.73 to the dollar and 60.51 to the euro. Brent crude is selling for $55.54 per barrel. 

The following news items are from AP, Gazeta, RBC, Moscow Times, Meduza and Yahoo.

– Remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillersen With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

– Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability

Translation: Lavrov: we have suspicions that the USA is protecting Al Nusra for the overthrow of Assad. 

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