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Russia-US relations 'deteriorated' because of strikes - Putin

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"To my colleagues from Russian Federation - you are isolating yourselves from the worldwide community every time one of Assad's planes drop another barrel bomb on civilians and every time Assad tries to starve another community to death", Haley said during a Security Council meeting earlier on Wednesday. He defiantly pushed back against USA efforts to cast Moscow as being allied with despots.

Tillerson met with Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin for two hours just before the press conference, the diplomats said.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the council before the vote that a resolution was unnecessary, and the draft put forward by the Western powers pre-judged that the Syrian government was responsible for the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhoun in which almost 90 people died.

True, Bloomberg reported on May 13, 2015: "The U.S. government was informed months ago that an worldwide monitoring body found traces of chemical weapons that President Bashar al-Assad had promised to turn over, including sarin gas - a clear violation of the deal he struck with President Obama after crossing the administration's "red line" two years ago".

Western countries rushed to blame the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the Khan Shaykhun incident without providing any evidence to support their accusations.

Tillerson says it's unclear whether Russian Federation failed to take seriously its obligations in Syria or has been incompetent.

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" United States strikes against its ally Syria.

"To my colleagues from Russian Federation - you are isolating yourselves from the global community every time one of Assad's planes drop another barrel bomb on civilians and every time Assad tries to starve another community to death", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, told the U.N. Security Council.

Britain's United Nations envoy was harsher still.

"Specifically, we both believe in a unified and stable Syria, and we agree we want to deny a safe haven for terrorists who want to attack both of our countries. Russian pride in the Astana Process has been turned to humiliation", said British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft.

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He accused Russian Federation of siding with "a murderous, barbaric criminal, rather than with their global peers". "They have chosen the wrong side of history".

Moscow's deputy United Nations envoy Vladimir Safronkov pushed back, accusing Rycroft of "insulting Russian Federation".

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. No one has yet visited the site of the crime.

Washington says it acted to punish the Syrian government for what it said was a devastating nerve gas attack Damascus launched against its own people that killed scores. As you know, Secretary of State Tillerson is in Moscow.

Tillerson said Syria's government had committed more than 50 attacks using chlorine or other chemical weapons over the duration of the conflict.

But US, British and French intelligence agencies have said their claim is backed by several findings.

At that briefing, the official also noted, "We know the Russians have chemical expertise in-country. And in all fairness, you see the same kids - no arms, no legs, no face", Trump said of the attack.

McCain said Assad is "a war criminal and must go".

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