Russian Federation blocks United Nations resolution on Syria attack

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday trust had eroded between the two countries under President Donald Trump, as Moscow delivered an unusually hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria.

While the intercepted communications took place before an attack blamed on the Syrian administration, a senior US official told CNN that the USA did not know about the strike before it happened. "But we're going to see what happens", Trump told the news conference.

However, the Syrian nerve gas attack blamed on Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, and the retaliatory U.S. missile attack against Syria has sent U.S. -Russia ties to rock bottom.

What the world needs to "understand is we can have multiple priorities", said U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley during interviews Sunday, outlining that "getting Assad out" of power is a priority for the USA along with defeating ISIS.

In Russia's view, the probe conducted by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should be widened to include experts from many nations, he said.

At their meeting, Lavrov told Tillerson Moscow was hoping to understand Washington's "real intentions" and warned that Moscow considered it "fundamentally important" to prevent more "unlawful" U.S. strikes against its ally Syria. Russia's alleged meddling in the US presidential election also hovered over the first face-to-face encounter between Putin and a Trump administration Cabinet member.

The assault last Tuesday in Syria's Idlib Province led President Trump to authorize the US military two days later to fire 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian government airfield, from which the USA government believes the Assad regime launched the attack.

What's more, USA officials also believe that the government may have outside help and have pointed to the fact that Russian Federation has chemical weapons experts in the country.

He said the global group of experts should have full access both to the aerodrome, which is controlled by the government, and to the incident site, which is under control of the armed opposition.

And Stoltenberg, the secretary general, acknowledged a Trump campaign gripe - that many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations fail to pay 2 percent of GDP toward defense, often leaving the United States military to carry the burden.

In Washington, President Donald Trump was asked if he thought it was possible that Syrian forces could have launched the alleged attack, from an air base they share with Russian forces, without Russia knowing about it.

The agreement would be reactivated with immediate effect, Viktor Ozerov, the head of the Russian upper house of parliament's defence committee told the RIA news agency.

"I won't hide the fact that we have a lot of questions, taking into account the extremely ambiguous and sometimes contradictory ideas which have been expressed in Washington across the whole spectrum of bilateral and multilateral affairs", Mr Lavrov said. "We believe it is of principal importance to prevent risks of a repeat of such steps in the future".

Russian Federation has given Assad direct military support since September 2015, and Trump has instructed Tillerson to push Russian Federation to abandon its support for the Syrian leader during his trip.

When Lavrov tells the press that the talks were "frank", that's diplomatic jargon for icy and contentious - characteristics that describe current U.S. -Russia relations to a tee.

Russia, Syria and Iran have warned the United States against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an worldwide investigation into the chemical weapons attack in Syria. "I think it's very bad for mankind". Russia, Assad's staunchest ally, has insisted that Assad is blameless and that it was actually the rebels responsible for the disbursed chemical weapons.

The measure would have required "full cooperation with the investigation" of the apparent attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun, British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said on Twitter.



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