Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

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

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

Tensions between the USA and Russian Federation have flared since last week's US missile strikes against Syria's Assad regime, Russia's ally, in response to a chemical weapons attack.

Tillerson reiterated the US position that Assad must eventually relinquish power in Syria but appeared to take a slightly softer line with Russian Federation.

"We responded, along with friend and allies, in a way that made it clear that Russian Federation was extremely isolated on this issue and on the issue of Syria broadly and the behavior of the Assad regime".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrive to attend a press conferece after their talks in Moscow on April 12, 2017.

He said working groups would be established to improve U.S.

Lavrov told Tillerson Moscow was hoping to understand Washington's "real intentions" and warned that the Kremlin considered it "fundamentally important" to prevent more "unlawful" U.S. strikes against its ally Syria.

Tillerson noted the low level of trust between the two countries.

Moscow initially said Putin would not meet with Tillerson, but later relented.

The White House pointedly said Wednesday that it had seen credible reports that Moscow backed an election-day attack in Montenegro past year. But he told a news conference at the White House with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that alliance members still need to pay their fair share for the European security umbrella. But he said it was an open question where relations go from here. Giving Tillerson a chilly reception, Lavrov said Russian Federation was trying to understand the "real intentions" of the Trump administration. This has built for a long period of time. "We're going to see how that all works out".

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"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 said.

"Are we insisting on it? No".

Lavrov says Russian Federation has lots of questions about the "very ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas coming from the U.S. He says through a translator that it's important for Russian Federation to understand the "real intentions" of the Trump administration.

The resolution "was created to allow a rapid, thorough inquiry by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to establish responsibility for the chemical attacks on April 4 in Idlib province", the statement said.

Damascus and Moscow claim the toxic gas that killed dozens of civilians in a rebel-held Syrian town on April 4 was released when government bombs struck a rebel-controlled chemical weapons depot - an assertion that Western governments reject.

And as the men entered a day of tense talks, Putin admitted that relations between Washington and Moscow have worsened in the three months that Trump has been in office.

Moscow has stood by Assad, saying the poison gas belonged to rebels, an explanation Washington dismisses as beyond credible.

In the latest veto, Russian Federation blocked a draft resolution backed by the United States, France and Britain to denounce the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun and tell Assad's government to provide access for investigators and information such as flight plans.

Some of Washington's allies had been wary of Trump, who spoke during his election campaign of seeking closer ties with Moscow and questioned the value of USA support for its traditional friends.

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