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The Foreign Secretary has previously said he is "dismayed" by Russia's veto against calls to condemn the Syrian government for the attack at the United Nations.

However, the Russian President and his officials dismissed USA evidence that Assad had carried out the attack, and Putin added a "bombshell prediction" of his own: Unnamed forces were going to carry out more chemical weapons attacks and blame these on Assad.

"With its veto, Russia said no to accountability, Russia said no to cooperating with the United Nations investigation, Russia said no to helping keep peace in Syria, Russia chose to side with Assad, even as rest of the world, even the Arab world, comes together to condemn the murderous regime", Haley said.

Six years into the Syrian civil war, almost 500,000 people are dead, millions have been forced from their homes, and no end to this very bad tragedy is in sight.

"We frankly discussed the state of US-Russia relations". The president's statement reflected that he was drifting away from his campaign promises of establishing better ties with Russian Federation.

Weeks before the election, however, Putin dismissed as "nonsense and lunacy" claims that he favored Trump in the race, saying they were an attempt to influence public opinion in order to help Clinton. But any such expectations have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing US investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's USA presidential election. Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the participants agreed that unilateral actions by the US were unacceptable.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said his administration's policy was not to demand Assad step down as part of a "peaceful resolution to the conflict", in some contrast to Tillerson's remarks in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hasn't produced any positive shift yet in Russia-U.S. relations, the Kremlin said Thursday.

The two also announced new measures meant to prevent things from getting worse: Moscow and Washington will set up a working group created to improve their relationship, Lavrov said, and Putin has agreed to restore a bilateral U.S. -Russia safety agreement over Syrian skies, which Moscow announced it had suspended in the wake of the missile strike. Speaking to reporters in Italy before departing to Moscow, he said, "It's clear to all of us that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end".

The presidents of both countries personally waded into the day's diplomatic efforts in an apparent bid to move past some of the divisions, with Putin meeting with Tillerson for about two hours.

The fate of a war measure may ultimately boil down to whether Trump's strike against Assad last week was the beginning of a larger campaign against the Syrian leader. He also said Putin had agreed to reactivate a U.S.

"I would like to think that they didn't know".

During his campaign, Trump said he was open to cooperating with Russian Federation on Syria and that removing Assad was not a priority.

Even as he took a harsher tone on the longtime USA adversary, Trump still seemed to offer some reassurance in a Wednesday appearance with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, saying that, "It would be wonderful. if NATO and our country could get along with Russian Federation".

"We don't have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal a few years ago".

"The world's two primary nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", he said. "I said it [Nato] was obsolete". Obama defined the use of chemical weapons as a "red line" that the Assad regime must not cross.



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