Russian Federation vetoes UN Security Council resolution condemning Syrian Government

US State Secretary in meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin

US State Secretary in meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin

Last week Trump ordered airstrikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack which killed 80 people and was described by the USA as a nerve gas attack carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

President Vladimir Putin said after this week's meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Russian Federation was ready to return to the arrangement. But any such expectations have been dashed amid the war in Syria and ongoing United States investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's U.S. presidential election.

Earlier on Wednesday Tillerson had a similar tone after an nearly two-hour meeting with Putin, saying the two countries had reached a "low point" in relations.

The newly hardened view of Moscow comes as the president has tried to shake suspicions about the motives behind his campaign calls for warmer relations.

But since Trump came to office in January, relations have chilled, and the fallout from the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria has thrown them into crisis. Tillerson said that the meeting would seek to "define the U.S". Russian Federation has claimed those weapons belonged to rebel forces, and on Wednesday, Lavrov maintained that the circumstances of the most recent attack have yet to be determined. "How do you know that?" "We want an honest investigation". But "with its veto, Russian Federation said no to accountability".

The toxic gas attack on April 4 prompted the United States to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base and widened a rift between United States and Russian relations. "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", Tillerson - who once received a medal of friendship from Putin - told a Moscow news conference.

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"If this goes out more than 60 days, of course, there needs to be an authorization of use of military force in order to take out any other gas attack", Royce said. The Syrian government met its obligations to destroy chemical weapons "as far as we know" under a 2013 agreement brokered by Russian Federation and the U.S., Putin said in an interview with the Mir TV channel. He said that last week's reported chemical weapons attack, the subsequent airstrikes by the U.S. and intensified fighting on the ground have put the fragile peace process is in "grave danger". Lavrov said the USA and Moscow are not "world's apart" on many issues, as one reporter had suggested.

Four years ago, when he was Exxon Mobil's chief executive, Tillerson left Moscow with a prestigious medal pinned to his lapel and a hearty handshake from Putin, This time around, there would be no such honors - only promises to work toward better relations, which is likely to prove challenging for a diplomatic novice.

Mrs May defended the Foreign Secretary's efforts: "Boris Johnson did an excellent job in bringing together the G7, bringing together global opinion, and enabling Rex Tillerson from the United States to go to Moscow with a very clear message - a consensus from the worldwide community". The FBI is probing whether Trump's staff engaged in criminal collusion with Russian officials to boost Trump's election chances. Similarly, in Iraq, "all the pretexts" the USA used for invading the country, such as WMDs, "were fake".

The military action, coupled with American officials' change of tone over Assad's future, stirred speculation that the United States and its Western allies were ready to put boots on the ground in Syria. If they are unable to do so, the USA, with its allies, will! -Russian relations since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

"One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved but has rather deteriorated", Putin said in an interview broadcast on Russian television. "Where is the proof that Syrian troops used chemical weapons? That is an obvious fact".

The president also touched upon other issues such as Russian President Vladimir Putin's support of Syria, North Korea and sweeping domestic reforms as promised on the campaign trail. There is "no proof" that Washington's account of what happened in Idlib is true, Lavrov said. "I respect that. They don't want to expose their members to what they think could be a tough or controversial vote".

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