Russian FM: S-400 purchase Turkey's own call

Putin ready to meet Trump: Russian FM

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that the USA military and its allies had avoided Russian "red lines" when conducting airstrikes against Syria last week.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that the U.S. was openly blackmailing Turkey with its threats, commenting on the latest S-400 comments of Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchel.

Lavrov added that Trump said he would be happy to make a reciprocal visit to Russian Federation.

Russian President is ready to meet his U.S. counterpart following an invitation by the latter, but Moscow is waiting for a detailed proposal, Russian Foreign Minister said on Friday.

He said the deconfliction mechanism between Russian and the U.S. forces in Syria has been effective and should continue.

After the US-led strikes, Russian Federation no longer has any moral barriers on S-300 missile system deliveries to Syria, Lavrov said.

Mr Lavrov continued: "I'll just point out that after this phone conversation, Donald Trump mentioned several times, verbally and via Twitter, that they need to solve issues with Russian Federation, that they want to enjoy good relations with Russian Federation, which is better than not having good relations, and that only a fool would think otherwise".

The prospects of holding a US-Russia summit the White House have not improved, especially since relations between the two sides deteriorated further over a chemical attack in Syria on April 7. "Washington is trying to provide an atmosphere of unfair competition for American companies", Lavrov said.

"We very much hope that he (Trump) starts the process of de-escalating tensions".

Russian Federation has relatively warm ties with North Korea, with which it shares a small land border.

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