USA and Russian Federation at 'low point' after no breakthrough in MoscowBy Darlene Powers Apr 15, 2017
Russia, Syria and Iran strongly warned the United States Friday against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an worldwide investigation of the chemical weapons attack there that killed almost 90 people.
Despite initial hopes in Moscow of better ties with the USA under President Donald Trump, the two powers have descended into a furious war of words over the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun and the retaliatory U.S. strike against the forces Kremlin ally Assad.
Lavrov told Tillerson Moscow was hoping to understand Washington's "real intentions" and warned that the Kremlin considered it "fundamentally important" to prevent more "unlawful" USA strikes against its ally Syria.
Lavrov said worldwide experts should be sent to the place where the chemicals were used.
Mr Tillerson repeated the U.S. administration's belief that "the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end". "I expressed the view that the current state is at a low point", Tillerson said in introductory remarks before taking questions from reporters in Moscow.
Russian Federation is a key supporter of Assad's.
"And to further clarify areas of sharp difference, so we can better understand why these differences exist and what the prospects for narrowing those differences may be". We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russian Federation.
But Putin said in an interview with state-run MIR television station that relations had only deteriorated.
Trump has explained Thaad move to Xi: Seoul
North Korea believes that the USA only bullies and attacks countries that are defenseless and without any nuclear weapon. Emotions and Trump's business-military approach in haste is not likely to achieve the desired results in North Korea.
Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov holds up his hand as he votes against a draft resolution that condemns the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria.
Trump ordered the strike, accusing Syria of the chemical attack that killed dozens, including children.
The U.S. says the United Nations doesn't need action from the U.S.to investigate because there are already mechanisms in place to investigate chemical weapons use in Syria.
What is the US' Syria policy?
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that trust had eroded between the two countries under US President Donald Trump. Russian Federation described the attack as an aggression against a sovereign state.
He cited expert opinion publicized in the West stating that "there are too many inconsistencies, discrepancies in the version used to justify the April 7 aggressive action", referring to the US Tomahawk missile attack on the Sha'irat airfield.
Lavrov called on the US not to repeat the airstrikes, which he said were part of efforts to oust Assad that won't succeed. "In this regard, we will address outstanding issues an all challenges to regional and into national security, which requires determined and necessary actions from us", Turkish National Defense Minister Fikri Ishik said.
"The state secretary hasn't threatened to use new sanctions".
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