Trump says would be 'wonderful' if US, Russia could get along

by Frankie Norman April 15, 2017, 5:40

"I would like to stress that we are 100 percent sure that, if our colleagues in the United Nations or in The Hague will steer away from this investigation, it will basically mean that they do not want to find out the truth", Mr Lavrov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow on Wednesday as tensions between the two countries continued to escalate over the American military strike in Syria, Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed.

According to Reuters, the Russian president said his country's relationship with the usa has "deteriorated" under Trump, "especially on the military level".

"So far we have not seen any facts".

Samples taken from the chemical weapons attack in Syria last week tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, the British delegation at the world's chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday. Mr Trump said it was "certainly possible" though "probably unlikely". Mr Putin had even honoured Mr Tillerson with a friendship award.

Russian Federation maintains Syrian President Bashar Assad's opposition is responsible for the chemical weapons.

The news conference came after Russian President Vladimir Putin met the top American diplomat for nearly two hours to see if they could rescue relations between the world's mightiest military powers.

The diplomats know each other well from Mr Tillerson's days as Exxon Mobil chief executive.

Prior to Tillerson's arrival, hopes in Moscow had already dimmed that Trump would make good on his pledge to improve ties with Russian Federation, as relations with the Kremlin have become politically toxic on the back of claims that Putin conspired to get Trump elected.

Lavrov didn't limit his criticism of the the cruise-missile strike on the Syrian airfield: He knocked the entire foreign-policy message coming out of Washington, D.C., saying Russian Federation has "a lot of questions regarding the very ambiguous and contradictory ideas on a whole range of bilateral and global issues".

Assad's claims lie in stark contrast to statements from the Trump administration, which definitively ascribed the attack to the Syrian regime.

Mr Tillerson had earlier attended a G7 meeting in the Italian town of Lucca aimed at hammering out a unified approach to Syria before he headed to Moscow.

Lavrov said Assad's opponents had "in essence" given guarantees for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to visit the location where at least 87 people died, but the watchdog was refusing to send them. Trump, in the past, has called Assad "evil" and "an animal".

Mr Tillerson repeated the USA administration's belief that "the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end".

In a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart, Tillerson said they discussed common goals, fighting terror, and disarming North Korea.

It is the eighth time during Syria's six-year war that Moscow has shielded ally President Bashar-al Assad.

"We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future".

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