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Though Tillerson is working to persuade Moscow to drop support for Assad - warning during a G7 meeting earlier this week in Italy that Russian Federation risks becoming irrelevant in the Middle East for it - Lavrov told the State Department chief that he wants to know Trump's real intentions.

"The level of trust at the working level, especially at the military level, has not become better but most likely has degraded", Putin said in an interview broadcast Wednesday by state television channel Mir.

Trump's comments come less than a week after he ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airfield after USA evidence indicated that Assad killed civilians using the nerve agent sarin.

"Only the coming together of the worldwide community in favour of a political transition in Syria will allow this martyred country to find peace, stability and sovereignty again". He gleefully recalled the nonexistent weapons of mass destruction that led to the invasion of Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

"There was no order to make any attack, we don't have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal a few years ago", he said.

What Americans - especially those who believe team Trump is somehow in cahoots with the Russians - now know for sure is that Trump is openly saying the relationship, which he leads, is bad.

Both the Syrian government and opposition have asked for an independent investigation Safronkov said, "whereas the OPCW is doing nothing, for reasons unknown". Earlier this week, forensic experts in Turkey said the banned nerve agent sarin was used.

But Assad said evidence came only from "a branch of al Qaeda", referring to a former extremist affiliate that is among the groups that control Idlib province, where Khan Sheikhun is located.

"Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all", said a blunt President Donald Trump as tensions between the two nuclear powers continue to worsen.

However, Giraldli asserted that no firm evidence has been put forward. -Russian relations was lower now than it had been under the Obama administration.

"We don't know in this case, or any other case, whose advice the president is actually taking".

According to reports, Trump's daughter Ivanka was the one who pushed for the cruise missile strike. I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing.

On most issues - the chemical attack and Assad, Russia's support for separatists fueling conflict in Ukraine, and Russian interference in the USA election chief among them - the diplomats offered different explanations and facts. But "with its veto, Russian Federation said no to accountability".

Coleen Rowley, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent and VIPS member, echoed Giraldi's comment.

Trump expressed hope that he can improve relations with Putin, adding, "We're going to see what happens". The intercepts were part of a review of communications and other intelligence from the hours after the attack.

Russian Federation has blocked a Western-led effort at the UN Security Council to condemn last week's deadly gas attack in Syria and push Moscow's ally President Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with worldwide inquiries into the incident.

Reflecting on the fallout in Iraq and Afghanistan after previous U.S. attempts at regime change, Rowley said those pushing for Assad's removal "don't have a mature attitude on the subject".

China, another veto-holding power at the council, abstained in the vote, as did Kazakhstan and Ethiopia.

The polarised positions were evident at the UN Security Council Wednesday, when Russian Federation vetoed a Western-drafted resolution that would have required Syrian cooperation in an investigation into the suspected chemical attack.

CORRECTS DATE TO APRIL 12 - United Nations Security Council members show hands for a vote on a resolution condemning Syria's use of chemical weapons at U.N. headquarters on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Russian Federation vetoed a motion brought to the UN Security Council which would have required the Syrian government to cooperate with investigators.

Stoltenberg said within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, the United States military action on Syria has been met with understanding.


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