Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at all-time low

During a visit to the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst she said: "Russia is on the wrong side of this argument but we are willing to work with Russian Federation to bring an end to the conflict in Syria, to bring about a political solution in Syria, but that political solution has to be without Assad". It was stark evidence the president is moving ever further from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow.

During his campaign, Trump said he was open to cooperating with Russian Federation on Syria and that removing Assad was not a priority.

After the USA launched a Tomahawk missile barrage on a Syrian air base last week, Russian Federation announced that it was suspending observance of the memorandum that established the hotline. "Now everyone, including the United States, agrees that the main task within the Syrian crisis is a victory over the ISIS terrorist group (banned in Russia) and the statement of the ministers clearly shows that there is a clear understanding between Syria, Iran and Russian Federation about further joint actions", Elena Dunaeva drew attention. He added there was no talk Wednesday about a possible Trump-Putin meeting.

His comments came as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Moscow for meetings with Russian leaders. "But we can start by working together to actually de-escalate the conflict", she said. "This means that they do not want success in the peace process", the top Syrian diplomat said, according to SANA news agency.

"We have seen very alarming actions recently with an unlawful attack against Syria", Lavrov said, referring to the 59 Tomahawk missiles Trump launched at an air base to punish Assad for using chemical weapons.

Only weeks ago, it appeared that President Trump, who lavishly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout the campaign, was poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russia.

"As for my impression from the talks, taking into account all the current issues, both objective and artificial, the possibilities for cooperation remain open", Lavrov said.

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More than 80 people were killed in what the US has described as a nerve gas attack that Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out.

Russia, Syria and Iran have strongly warned the United States against launching new strikes on Syria. "I do not know who saw them. The statement of the foreign ministers shows that they preserve a line between Russia and Iran on support of a single Syrian state with a central authority", the senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Middle East of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences concluded.

Adding further fuel to rising tensions: the White House's move to circulate declassified USA intelligence accusing Moscow of aiding Assad's government in covering up the chemical attack.

Trump attributed his change of heart to unspecified transformations within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that he said were a direct response to criticism he had leveled that the alliance was not doing enough to combat terrorism.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow, denounced the USA missile strikes on Syria as a "flagrant violation" of global law.

A senior Russian diplomat says the United States and Russia are again exchanging information on a hotline created to prevent midair incidents over Syria, but that the formal agreement on such exchanges has not been renewed.

"Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, can not go unanswered and those responsible must be held accountable", the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief said. Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the participants agreed that unilateral actions by the US were unacceptable. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future". "But we're going to see what happens".

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