President Trump says US-Russia relations may be at 'all-time low'

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks at the presidential palace in Damascus Syria

The three countries are calling for two investigations, an independent probe into the chemical attack and another investigation into the United States missile strike.

But Trump did not seem to change in his assessment of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Trump has spoken of admiringly in the past.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the council before the vote that during talks in Moscow, Russia asked for an independent worldwide investigation to examine the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhoun.

However, the secretary of state reiterated that Assad was not welcome as a leader in the worldwide community.

Mr Trump also backtracked on his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a joint press conference with its secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, saying: "I said it was obsolete; it's no longer obsolete".

"I would say the level of trust (between Russian Federation and the US) is at a workable level, especially in the military dimension, but it hasn't improved.

And we have said to them 'Show us the evidence for these slanderous attacks'".

The nations are in disagreement over whether President Bashar Assad was responsible for last week's chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians.

Still, Mr Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings.

Putin has condemned the USA military assault on a Syrian airfield, saying that the move represents an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law under a far-fetched pretext.

The Moscow news conference came after Mr Putin met Mr Tillerson for the first time since Mr Trump took office.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the two countries had agreed to work together on an global investigation into the attack that prompted retaliatory American missile strikes.

Tillerson and Lavrov are meeting in Moscow amid rising tensions over Syria.

Any hope that the Trump administration is poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russian Federation has been dashed after the US missile strike on a Syrian airbase last Thursday.

The meeting, which lasted nearly two hours, comes after officials in Moscow initially said Putin would not meet with Tillerson during his first visit to Russian Federation, later hedging to say a sit down was possible. He says both countries have agreed that their lines of communications must stay open. "He hasn't threatened us at all", Lavrov responded. He says that makes it hard to have clarity about US positions.

'Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person, ' Trump said, referring to Assad. "We do not think the world will accept that", he said.

The United States is "not getting along with Russian Federation at all", Trump said at a press conference at the White House.

"The current state of US-Russia relations at low point -there is a low state of trust between our two countries".

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