Russian Federation relations at 'all-time low' after Syria attacks

Posted April 16, 2017

Tensions between Russian Federation and the United States deepened yesterday as USA president Donald Trump said relations with Russian Federation were at an "all-time low".

Trump has given such criticism short shrift, decrying the "vicious slaughter of innocent civilians with chemical weapons" and calling Assad a "butcher" and an "animal".

Tillerson's comments came at a press conference following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

They plan to press Trump to explain whether he will conduct future attacks against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime as well as push for Congress to reassert its constitutional authority to declare war, congressional aides and lawmakers on the call told CNN.

She told the BBC during a visit to Sandhurst: "Russia is on the wrong side of this argument but we are willing to work with Russia to bring an end to the conflict in Syria, to bring about a political solution in Syria, but that political solution has to be without Assad".

He said the U.S. attack on the Syrian air base "was carried out in violation of global norms".

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Peskov also said Putin had given Tillerson his views on the situation in Syria, and how it was likely to develop.

Russian Deputy U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov shows his hand to vote against a resolution condemning Syria's use of chemical weapons, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at U.N. headquarters. The Pentagon has been looking for any evidence that Moscow knew about or was complicit in the attack in Idlib province that killed at least 80 people and injured dozens more, the CNN reported quoting a senior USA defense official as saying. This has been the case since the presidency of Obama and the United States does not need to wait for Assad to use chemical weapons to launch strikes.

Washington's conclusions rely on satellite imagery, laboratory analysis of physiological samples from victims and a "significant body of open source reporting" that the report says could not have been fabricated.

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 USA and United Nations were bluffing if it did not come to pass.

Putin, in a television interview ahead of the talks, was more blunt about the new chill in ties, and firmly rejected Washington's view of the Syrian attack.