Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Russian Federation relations at new low after Syria attacks

Russian Federation relations at new low after Syria attacks

He added: "Putin is the leader of Russian Federation". He previously suggested that Russian Federation could be complicit. At the center of each problem is an energized and uncompromising force: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tillerson said the United States was confident that Assad's forces were behind the gas attack, but said there was "no firm information" to indicate Russian forces were involved in the same attack. But any such expectations have been dashed amid the war in Syria and ongoing USA investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's U.S. presidential election.

"Today the president confirmed our readiness to return to its implementation on the understanding that the original aims of the air forces of the American coalition are reaffirmed, namely the fight with IS [ISIL] and al-Nusra", Lavrov said.

The toxic gas attack on April 4 prompted the USA to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base and widened a rift between U.S. and Russian relations.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts at Friday's trilateral meeting in Moscow, denounced last week's USA attack on Syria and warned that any further such action would entail "grave consequences not only for regional but global security". "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", he warned. Russian Federation is a Syrian ally and backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's six-year long civil war, while the United States has long advocated for the Syrian dictator's ouster.

Russian Federation has been defending Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying that there's no evidence that the Syrian government was behind the chemical attack.

In February, Russia and China vetoed a measure that would have imposed sanctions on a number of individuals and entities linked to the use of chemical weapons in cases where responsibility was established by the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM). He and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the other hand, have "a very good chemistry", Trump declared.

Russia's deputy United Nations envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, said the draft resolution laid blame prior to an independent investigation.

"I think it's certainly possible".

"The Syrian strikes last week hasten the interest, but what I am working on with my colleagues is not with respect to action in Syria", said Sen.

Tillerson's comments echoed televised remarks by Putin, who earlier on Wednesday said the trust between the two countries had "deteriorated" since Donald Trump was elected United States president.

Sandy Pho, a senior program associate for the Kissinger Institute on China at the Wilson Center, said that Trump, like many new presidents, has been facing a learning curve on the ways of Beijing.

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Tillerson reiterated the USA position that Assad must eventually relinquish power in Syria. Russian Federation has also denied a chemical weapons attack took place in Syria saying the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun were caused by a Syrian regime airstrike on a rebel-controlled chemical weapons factory on the ground. Still, he held out hope that the United States and Russian Federation could come to terms, suggesting that Tillerson's talks with Putin had gone better than expected.

Secretary of Defence General James Mattis spoke earlier in the day at a Pentagon news conference about the Syrian chemical weapons attack last week, which killed 86, and the subsequent U.S. response. On Tuesday, the White House accused Putin's government of covering up evidence that Assad had been responsible for the sarin assault, which was launched from a base where Russian troops are operating.

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

Trump attributed his change of heart to unspecified transformations within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which he said were a direct response to criticism he had levelled that the alliance was not doing enough to combat terrorism. This has built for a long period of time.

Still, the turnabout drew praise from some lawmakers who had been concerned with Trump's previous stance. After his first meeting with Putin, Bush said he "looked the man in the eye" and "found him very straightforward and trustworthy", getting a "sense of his soul".

But he renewed his demand that NATO's members boost military spending to at least two percent of the gross domestic product.

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