Trump says USA relations with Russian Federation at 'all-time low'

Lauren Perry
April 19, 2017

The initial absence of any Russian reply in kind has enabled President Trump to demonstrate a willingness and ability to risk a breach in his alleged courtship of President Vladimir Putin.

While Russia says sarin was released when Syrian government forces accidentally struck a building where terrorists were hiding a cache of deadly chemicals, the US says it has images proving the bomb left a crater in a road rather than hitting a building.

Despite the dreary outlook, Trump said that he heard that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a positive meeting with Russian officials.

Russian Federation vetoed a United Nations resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the suspected chemical attack, saying that Moscow had consistently expressed its "categorical disagreement" with the draft resolution, which led to further criticism from the West including the US.

The Kremlin, which has supported Assad since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, has backed up the Syrian leader, claiming he was not responsible for the attack. "I think it's very bad for Russian Federation".

Jens Stoltenberg, who heads up the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, said that "any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. those accountable must be held responsible". Reporter: At the white house, alongside North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary-general, the president offer a grim view of u.s./russia relation and we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all, at an all-time low. Secondly, we don't see a peaceful Syria with Assad in there.

Tillerson, visiting Moscow on Wednesday, addressed the issue of the chemical weapons attack but he stopped short of calling it a war crime.

Damascus values highly Russia's position regarding the USA aggression against Syria, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Thursday.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Moscow comes a few days after his country attacked from the sea a Syrian airbase in retaliation for the use of a chemical weapon on a remote town in the Idlib province, blamed on the Assad regime. "That's a butcher", Trump said.

Putin accused Assad's opponents of planning to stage chemical attacks to be blamed on Damascus in order to lure the USA deeper into the conflict.

"Either they knew that there were chemical weapons and they knew there was going to be chemical weapon use, and they just hid it from the global community, or they are being played for fools by Assad - by him having chemical weapons and they're just in the dark and they don't know anything about it", she said.

But even if there is a definitive finding of Russian complicity, it's not clear the Pentagon or the White House would make that information public, a senior U.S. official said.

Stoltenberg said within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, the USA military action on Syria has been met with understanding.

The two ministers are scheduled to meet in Moscow on Wednesday for talks.

Tillerson reiterated Washington is "quite confident" that the recent chemical attack was planned and executed by Syrian government forces, which involved chlorine bombs and other chemical weapons on more than 50 occasions. "We don't want a new Cold War".

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