Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Russian relations 'may be at an all-time low'

Russian relations 'may be at an all-time low'

"I look forward to a very open, candid, frank exchange so that we can better define the U.S. -Russia relationship from this point forward". "I would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have, they were there", he said. "But it doesn't have to be this way".

Trump made the comments at the White House on April 12, after State Rex Tillerson met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow - the highest-level face-to-face talks between the two sides under President Donald Trump's administration.

After the vote at the UN, French President Francois Hollande said Russian Federation "bears a heavy responsibility" for continuing to protect Assad and blocking a united worldwide response.

Assad insisted his forces had turned over all their chemical weapons stocks years ago and would never use the banned arms.

"Today the Russian president has reaffirmed that we are willing to put it back into force on condition", Lavrov said.

"Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication", he said in the interview on Wednesday in reference to the alleged chemical weapons attack.

Russian Federation and the USA on Wednesday agreed to keep on fighting global terrorism and continue discussions on Syrian conflict settlement, despite turbulent bilateral relations and a string of pending disputes between the two countries.

Echoing the Russian stance on cooperation, Tillerson said that Russia and the USA will continue discussions about how to find a solution to the Syrian conflict. "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", Tillerson told a Moscow news conference.

"We have seen very alarming actions recently with an unlawful attack against Syria", Mr Lavrov said, referring to the Tomahawk missiles Mr Trump launched at a Syrian air base to punish Assad for using chemical weapons.

"Unfortunately, we've got some differences with regards to a majority of those issues", Lavrov lamented.

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"We don't want a new Cold War", he said standing next to Trump.

"We saw a veto from Russian Federation today because the reality is, there's absolutely no question that Bashar al-Assad and his regime were responsible for the strikes".

After Tillerson spent three hours talking with Lavrov and nearly two hours at the Kremlin with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Lavrov, sitting three feet from Tillerson, aired a long list of grievances with the United States, some dating back many years.

President Trump said Wednesday that relations with Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low" following Syria's use of chemical weapons last week and the US airstrike that followed.

And so, on Wednesday, Mr. Putin could keep Mr. Tillerson waiting and wondering whether he would find time in his schedule to meet the top American diplomat.

Lavrov blasted USA claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference.

"We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun", he said.

Trump and others have indeed threatened similar action.

In what was effectively an ultimatum, Tillerson on Tuesday said that Moscow must calculate the costs of remaining an ally of Assad, the Iranians and Lebanon's Shiite militia Hezbollah.

In the U.S., Trump sought to tamp down speculation he'll intervene militarily against Assad, who is being backed by Russian forces.

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