Lavrov accuses USA of unlawful strikes as Tillerson looks to mend ties

Lavrov accuses USA of unlawful strikes as Tillerson looks to mend ties

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

Washington blames Russia's ally, Syrian president Bashar Assad, while Moscow says Syrian rebels are responsible.

Mr Lavrov also said there were "confusing and sometimes openly contradictory ideas" from the Trump administration on the US-Russia relationship and worldwide issues.

As a presidential candidate a year ago, Trump criticized Obama and Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state during Obama's first term and Trump's opponent in the election, for getting involved in foreign conflicts and waging wars in other countries.

The chemical attack killed about 80 people and injured many more, yet Russian Federation does not seem to want to budge from its position of support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"So I am dismayed that Russian Federation has once again blocked the UN Security Council and in so doing refused to condemn the use of chemical weapons or support a full UN investigation into the attack".

Washington responded to the suspected chemical attack by targeting a Syrian air based with a barrage of cruise missiles in an operation that incensed Moscow.

He also introduced legislation that would require congressional approval before Trump could lift Russian Federation sanctions tied to the November election or its activities in Ukraine.

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Secretary Tillerson: The final outcome does not provide for a role for Assad in the future governance of #Syria. He said the Russian hope was that Putin's message would be passed on to U.S. President Donald Trump.

"The United Kingdom therefore shares the U.S. assessment that it is highly likely that the regime was responsible for a sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun on April 4", Mr Rycroft said. "We hope that the USA president will become aware of that analysis", he said Thursday. Secretary Tillerson told President Putin peace can not happen in Syria while Assad is still in power. But Mr Tillerson repeated the administration's new belief that "the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end".

For his part, Lavrov warned against an global effort to remove Assad from power, citing the cases of Iraq and Libya to argue that the toppling of autocratic rulers by external forces leads to chaos.

The dim view of U.S.

Could Syria have launched the chemical weapons attack with Russia's advance knowledge?

Steeped in geopolitical intrigue, the meeting between Putin and Tillerson wasn't formally confirmed until the last minute, following days of speculation about whether the Russian would refuse to grant the former oil executive an audience. "We have never used our chemical arsenal in our history".

"Right now, the world is a mess, but I think by the time we finish, I think it's going to be a lot better place to live".

The two sides also agreed to disagree about Ukraine, where Moscow backs rebel forces.

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