A spokesperson for the White House stated that President Trump had a productive conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. Implementing safety zones in Syria to help quell the violence, was the focal point, with both leaders agreeing the unrest had gone on for too long, and “that all parties must do all they can to end the violence.”
According to Moscow (Reuters), both leaders agree that it is imperative that their countries work toward strengthening a shaky ceasefire in Syria. The Kremlin described the talks between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump as constructive and professional. It was also noted by the Kremlin that the two leaders placed significant emphasis on collaboration and coördination, as a means of seeking measurable ways to address and fight international terrorism.
The Kremlin discussed the plight of North Korea, stating that Putin called for restraint and that the goal of the two leaders, is to work toward diplomatic progress. According to a Kremlin official, both Trump and Putin are in favor of collaborating a face-to-face meeting that would hopefully occur in July, during the G20 summit in Hamburg.
Despite Putin and Trump’s seemingly amicable relationship, and praise for each other, the chemical attack in Syria on last month, created tensions between the two countries. The chemical attack killed over 80 people, including children. According to U.N. Ambassador, Nikki Haley, “Assad has no incentive to stop using chemical weapons as long as Russia continues to protect his regime from consequences. “If Russia has the influence in Syria that it claims to have, we need to see them use it. We need to see them put an end to these horrific acts. How many more children have to die before Russia cares?”
It is important to note that Russia vetoed a U.N. Resolution that would have condemned the use of chemical weapons.