The U.S. and Russia agreed on Friday to ease the sanctions imposed on Syria, in a phone call in which President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about the U.N. Security Council resolution that called for Assad’s removal.
The Trump administration has been pressing for more than a year for Assad to go, with the Kremlin saying Assad’s chemical weapons had killed hundreds of thousands of people.
The agreement on Friday came after Russia, a staunch ally of Assad, and the U.-S.
backed a Syrian-led diplomatic mission to negotiate the Syrian president’s departure.
has also pressed the Russians to pull out their troops from a U.K.-based airbase, a move that would allow the U-N to conduct its own mission in the country.
U.F.O.s in Syria: The U.-N.
mission, which has been a top priority for the Trump administration, will leave in early 2020.
Trump and Lavrov will have a chance to meet in person to discuss their differences, a White House official said.
A senior U.C.L.A. official said the U and Russian presidents discussed the “strong commitment” the U to “establish and maintain an independent and credible peacekeeping mission in Syria.”
The White House has been reluctant to take a hard line against Russia, and Trump’s praise of Putin as a strong leader during his presidential campaign has been widely interpreted as a tacit endorsement.
Trump also has been criticized for his reluctance to criticize the Assad regime or to support U.R.K. peace efforts in neighboring Lebanon.
“I think we are in a very good position,” Trump said in March.
The two leaders met earlier this month at the U,N.
General Assembly, where they discussed a Syria deal that would have included Assad’s departure, according to U.B.C.-based Syria analyst Daniela Farkas.
But she said they didn’t talk about any possible political settlement in Syria, or what would happen if there were no peace deal.
The White Senate’s Russia and Eurasia Group issued a statement Friday praising the Russian-backed U.A., which it said “is a vital ally in the fight against ISIL, as well as in the war against Russia’s aggression in the region.” “
So I think we’ll see how this goes,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
The White Senate’s Russia and Eurasia Group issued a statement Friday praising the Russian-backed U.A., which it said “is a vital ally in the fight against ISIL, as well as in the war against Russia’s aggression in the region.”
“We look forward to continuing to work with the Russian Federation on the fight to defeat the scourge of terrorism and other threats to international peace and security,” the group said.
U-B.E. Russia’s foreign ministry also said that Russia “welcomes the initiative of the United States and the United Kingdom on the peace process and the implementation of the resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council.”