No positive shift yet on Russia-US ties

Apr 16, 2017, 02:21
No positive shift yet on Russia-US ties

His comments came moments before President Donald Trump said relations with Russian Federation had reached a "all-time low".

Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person.

He said "it would be a fantastic thing" if the two nations got along better but cautioned that "it may be just the opposite".

A fact-finding mission led by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is investigating the attack.

"We are convinced that we need to have a full and immediate investigation, and the possibilities for that have not been exhausted", Safronkov said after the vote, accusing the resolution's sponsors of jumping to conclusions about responsibility before a full-fledged investigation.

But Lavrov, on Thursday, offered a speck of optimism for the future of the relationship between the two Cold War foes.

"The longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people", Tillerson had said, when asked whether the US would get involved in Syria's internal politics on March 30. Though President Donald Trump has spoken with Putin by phone, the meeting was believed to be the first between Putin and a top member of Trump's administration since the new American president took office in January.

Tillerson met Putin in the Kremlin after talking to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, for about three hours.

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He said Russian Federation hopes the U.S. can give constructive response to this suggestion.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov blasted United States claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference. It sends the right message - and not just to Syria and Russian Federation - and may well deter future chemical attacks.

Still, Mr Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings. "But we can start by working together to actually de-escalate the conflict", she said.

The US and its allies blamed the Syrian government, and two days later the US fired 59 cruise missiles at Syria's Shayrat airbase in response.

Trump says Syrian President Bashar Assad is "an animal".

"Clearly, our view is that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end", Tillerson said.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: If Russia didn't go in and back this animal, you wouldn't have a problem right now.

Not only did Lavrov categorically dispute this interpretation of events, saying Russian Federation was "not convinced" by the US' evidence that sarin gas was deliberately used, but called for an "honest investigation" into the attack that he suggested would reveal the United States and UN were bluffing if it did not come to pass.