Zarif to visit Russia on Friday: Foreign Ministry

IRNA – The Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is due to travel to the Russian capital, Moscow on Friday to attend a trilateral meeting with his Russian and Syrian counterparts.

According to Qasemi, the trilateral meeting between Zarif, the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to be held on Saturday or Sunday.

Tensions between Moscow and Washington escalated when a Syrian airfield was attacked by the US missiles under the pretext of the use of chemical weapons allegedly by Bashar Assad’s government against its own people, a claim strongly rejected by Damascus.

It was the first US direct assault on Syrian fortifications on Friday as a result of which some 59 missiles were fired on Shayrat air base in Homs Province in Syria.

The missile attack was conducted without the UN Security Council and the US Congress consent.