April 12, 2017 / 8:50 AM / 3 months ago

Russia's Lavrov tells Tillerson important not to allow new U.S. strikes in Syria

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow on Wednesday that it was important not to allow a repeat of U.S. strikes in Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement about the visit of China's President Xi Jinping and about the situation in Syria, at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017.Joe Skipper

Lavrov said the strikes carried out by the United States on a Syrian airbase last week were unlawful.

He added that he expected to hold frank and honest discussions with Tillerson on forming a broad anti-terrorism coalition.

Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati and Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Alexander Winning

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