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

Apr 15, 2017, 02:02
Trump says would be 'wonderful' if US, Russia could get along

"That could happen, and it may not happen", he said.

Russia's top foreign minister said Wednesday that his country will consider reopening a phone line with the United States used to avoid aircraft collisions over Syria only if the US agrees to stop attacking Syrian government targets.

Russian Federation has aggressively pushed back on the Trump administration's assertions that Syria's dictator gassed his country's civilians last week in horrific attack that claimed 87 lives.

Defense Secretary James Mattis and a Pentagon group are looking into it, Trump said. Russia, a top Assad backer, says that the Syrian leader is being unfairly accused of executing the attack.

Adding further fuel to rising tensions: the White House's move to circulate declassified US intelligence accusing Moscow of aiding Assad's government in covering up a gruesome, nerve gas attack that killed more than 80 people.

"It is unclear whether Russian Federation failed to take this obligation seriously or Russian Federation has been incompetent, but this distinction doesn't much matter to the dead", Tillerson said.

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But RC Hammond, a senior Tillerson aide, said flatly: "No agreements were reached".

Russian Federation accused the United States of breaking global law with the strike against the Syrian regime, a key ally that Moscow has supported with air strikes since 2015.

Until the chemical attack, the Trump administration had sought to step back from the US position that Assad should leave power.

"Clearly our view is that reign of Assad family is coming to an end".

After the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said with its veto, Russian Federation said no to cooperation with UN's investigation and Russian Federation said no to a resolution that would have helped to promote peace in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted USA claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference. "And it was very, very successfully done".

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"I know they're doing investigations into that right now". "We'll find out", he said.

He also rejected American claims of incontrovertible evidence that Assad ordered the chemical attack.

Tillerson's official itinerary in Moscow started with the meeting with Lavrov, in an ornate hall in a foreign ministry-owned residence.

Putin's meeting with Tillerson at the Kremlin lasted for more than two hours, Lavrov said.

The U.S. says the United Nations doesn't need action from the U.S.to investigate because there are already mechanisms in place to investigate chemical weapons use in Syria. And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader.

"Russia once again has chosen to side with Assad, even as the rest of the world, including the Arab world, overwhelmingly comes together to condemn this murderous regime", Haley told the 15-member Security Council.

The civil war is separate from the US -led effort against the Islamic State group in the north of the country. The health minister in Turkey, which treated numerous attack's victims and conducted autopsies on others, said Tuesday that test results conducted on victims confirmed sarin gas was used.

Tillerson was greeted frostily in the Russian capital as Lavrov began their meeting Wednesday by demanding to know America's "real intentions".

At Wednesday's press conference, Trump defended his decision to launch 59 missiles at the Syrian airbase in response to last weeks chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's Idlib, that killed over 80 people and wounding scores of others. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future".

The shifts in Trump's actions and words have been rapid, and it seems clear that the administration's strategy on Syria is still evolving.

"Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person", Trump told the Fox Business Network, referring to Assad.

On the eve of the talks, far from trying to calm tempers, both sides escalated their rhetoric as the United States tried to prise Moscow and Damascus apart. "Now is the time Russian Federation needs to show the world whether they genuinely want to be a part of the political process" said Haley.