Russia: Talks with U.S. won't lead to immediate action

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Ahead of the vote, Russia's Deputy Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told the council that putting the draft resolution into a vote did not serve a useful objective.

President Donald Trump said he thinks it's "unlikely" Russian Federation had no advance knowledge of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons attack on civilians last week.

The resolution would have been adopted had not Russian Federation, as a permanent member of the council, not voted no.

On Wednesday, Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution drafted by the United States, Britain and France demanding that the Syrian military provide unfettered access for UN investigators to details of their operations on the day of the alleged attack.

Russian Federation vetoed on Wednesday the resolution condemning the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Khan-Sheikhoun on April 4 and demanding from Damascus to present information on its sorties on that day.

The news conference came after Russian President Vladimir Putin met the top American diplomat for nearly two hours to see if they could rescue relations between the world's mightiest military powers.

But Tillerson is confident the attack was directed by the Assad regime.

China, which has vetoed six resolutions on Syria since the civil war began, abstained from Wednesday's United Nations vote, along with Ethiopia and Kazakhstan. Russian Federation is a strong country.

Russia's foreign minister on Thursday said talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may not yield immediate results but could lead to new opportunities down the road, according to a report. Only through working to change the dynamic of the battlefield can the global community bring forth the conditions for a political solution.

Haley added: "Iran is dumping fuel on the flames of this war in Syria so it can expand its own reach".

Lavrov said Russian Federation has no intnetion to "shield anyone", adding that a United Nations chemical weapons watchdog must conduct an "objective and unbiased probe" into the attack that killed dozens of people. It sent a clear and proportionate message that such use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.

"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.

"I'm amazed that this was the conclusion. I suggest you look at this vote very carefully and heed this warning".

Syria's government has denied responsibility for the attack.

He said working groups would be established to improve U.S. It was unclear if Moscow planned to put the text to a vote.

Following the April 4 attacks, Haley asserted that there could be no political change in Syria while Assad remained in power.

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