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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

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

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

He said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is considering the request.

Mr Trump also backtracked on his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a joint press conference with its secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, saying: "I said it was obsolete; it's no longer obsolete". "The world's two primary nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship".

And Putin, who US intelligence agencies say tried to help Trump get elected, insisted that relations with the USA had only gone downhill since Trump took office in January.

Putin and Tillerson, the former head of the oil giant ExxonMobil, know each other well.

The U.S. cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base last week escalated tensions in the Syrian conflict, now in its seventh year, Lavrov said.

"The level of trust at the working level, especially at the military level, has not become better but most likely has degraded", Putin said in an interview broadcast Wednesday by state television channel Mir.

The deaths have been widely blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, but Russian Federation has denied the regime carried out the attack. But the Kremlin had refused to publicly commit to an appointment until the last minute. But NPR's Lucian Kim reports that it's significant that the meeting took place at all. "Russian relationship from this point forward". He said that the two countries are maintaining military and diplomatic communications.

Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was Russia's eighth veto in support of President Bashar Assad's regime and asked: "How could anyone look at the faces of lifeless children" and yet veto this resolution?

President Vladimir Putin's intervention in Syria has saved President Bashar Assad's government from imminent collapse and raised Russia's global clout.

Not long before Trump spoke, Russian Federation vetoed a Western-backed United Nations resolution that would have condemned the chemical weapons attack and demanded a speedy investigation.

The rift between the United States and Russian Federation was laid bare Wednesday when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his first direct talks with Russia's president. Mr Tillerson said there is a "low level of trust" between the two countries, and many issues on which they disagreed. But any such expectations have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing US investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's USA presidential election.

Even though the Kremlin said last week that its support for Assad isn't unconditional and emphasized that it can't control the Syrian leader's every move, such statements sound more like rhetoric aimed at deflecting Western criticism than a signal of Moscow's readiness to bargain over Assad's fate. "Russia's leadership has already voiced its principal assessments in this respect". "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future".

"With all the existing problems, both objective and artificially created ones, we still have quite a few prospects for joint work".

Those differences seemed evident when the two top diplomats shook hands to kick off today's session.

Moscow has strenuously objected to Trump's decision to launch 59 U.S. Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base that the U.S. says was used to pummel civilians with nerve gas, resulting in 87 deaths.

At the joint press conference, Lavrov also extensively criticized past US foreign policy, from Iraq to Yugoslavia.

Russian Federation has argued that civilians in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun likely died of toxic agents released from a rebel arsenal hit by a Syrian airstrike - a theory categorically rejected by the USA and its allies.

Putin discussed the general decline in U.S.

Both the Syrian government and opposition have asked for an independent investigation Safronkov said, "whereas the OPCW is doing nothing, for reasons unknown". "I think he had a very successful meeting", Trump said.

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. "We're not going into Syria", Trump told Fox News. I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing. And that could happen. "It may not happen", Trump said. I would love to be able to get along with everybody. "I can only tell you what I would like to do".

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