USA ties with Russian Federation may be at an all-time low

His comments came after US President Donald Trump said Mr Putin was backing an "evil person" in Assad, as talks took place in Russian Federation between the countries' chief diplomats.

In Moscow, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was meeting counterpart Sergey Lavrov for talks which got off to a frosty start, with the Russian politician branding the American cruise missile strike "illegal".

Until the chemical attack, the Trump administration had sought to step back from the United States position that Assad should leave power. And it shouldn't be allowed.

But some senior officials in the Trump administration, including Haley, now say that Assad must go. So I felt we had to do something about it.

"It'd be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russia", Trump said. "And it was very, very successfully done".

On whether Russian Federation had prior knowledge about Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons, Donald Trump said it is "possible" but "unlikely" that Russian Federation had known in advance of Syria's plan to launch a chemical weapons attack on its own citizens. But so far, it appears the two countries are growing further apart.

Lavrov, who was co-hosting the April 12 press conference in Moscow, said progress had been made on Syria and a working group would be established to improve communication between the United States and Russia, Reuters reported. "This aggression was a blatant violation of global law and the sovereignty of a United Nations member state".

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"We may be at an all-time low in terms of a relationship with Russian Federation", said Trump.

Moscow and Washington had also agreed to continue cooperating to try to find a political solution for Syria, he said.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said goal of the United States missile attacks on an airfield in Syria last week was aimed at stalling the peace process within the country after six years of the bloody conflict.

Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said after the vote that his country condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction as a crime against humanity and an unacceptable, immoral and unjustified act under any condition.

Wayne White, former deputy director of the State Department's Middle East intelligence office, told Xinhua that the idea of Washington and Moscow reaching a consensus is highly unlikely.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin echoed Mr Trump, saying in an interview on Russian television: "The level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved but has rather deteriorated". First and foremost, there was an important conversation with President Vladimir Putin.

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