Trump gathers anti-ISIS meeting to Washington - Russia, Syria and Iran not invited
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet delegates from other members of the 68-strong coalition fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) on March 22-23. "The summit is meant to accelerate international efforts to defeat ISIS in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria and maximize pressure on its branches, affiliates, and networks,” according to a State Department statement.
The meeting in Washington will be the first of its scale since December 2014, shortly after the US-led coalition was formed. US State Department spokesman Mark Turner said, that Russia will not be part of the summit because "they're not part of the global coalition".
Russian senator Aleksey Pushkov, member of the Defense and Security Committee, answered in strong terms.
“The 68 members of the Western coalition will be discussing the fight against IS without Russia. They can meet and talk without Russia, but they cannot win without her. Russia invited other nations to join its effort in demining Palmyra’s historic [sites]. But gathering and talking in the US is much safer,” Pushkov tweeted.DONi News Agency