Assad regime used chemical weapons, USA tells Moscow
Apr 19 2017 by Desiree Burns
Following a "very frank" meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, Tillerson admitted the relationship between Russian Federation and the USA is at a "low point", characterized by mistrust, the Hill reports.
The meetings come on the heels of a USA missile strike on an air base in Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack on civilians that's been blamed on the Bashar al-Assad regime. "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", he said in the news conference, adding that Moscow and Washington had agreed to establish a working group to identify problems and improve bilateral relations. The US strike was condemned by Russia, Syria's ally in its civil war, which said that the strike would worsen the relations between the countries.
Russian Federation has vetoed a Western-backed draft UN Security Council resolution on last week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Syria's government has denied responsibility for the gas attack in a rebel-held area of northern Syria that killed at least 87 people, many of them children.
The West has accused Assad's forces of carrying out the attack in Idlib province that shocked the world. "We're going to see how that works out".
Moscow signaled its continuing support for the Syrian government Tuesday when Putin said he expected more "provocations" were being planned by rebel forces, looking to make future chemical attacks appear carried out by Damascus.
World leaders have called for an worldwide probe into the deadly chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun last week, which caused an global outcry and prompted a retaliatory United States missile strike.
"I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing", said Trump, who called Assad a "butcher". "Russian Federation now has a lot to prove", she said.
Asked if the meeting at the Kremlin marked any positive change, Peskov said: "Too early yet".
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"Clearly, our view is that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end", Tillerson said.
The US, meanwhile, is clear that neither will any more chemical weapons be used by Syria.
"Frankly, Putin is backing a person that is truly an evil person", Trump said.
It appears that Russian Federation felt stung by the U.S. attack on Syria and no amount of USA convincing can convince Moscow that Damascus planned and executed the chemical attack.
Syria and Russian Federation "have sought to confuse the world community about who is responsible for using chemical weapons against the Syrian people in this and earlier attacks", according to an intelligence assessment released by the White House.
U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking at an event in the White House, said he was not surprised by China's abstention.
The US envoy took aim at Russian Federation, saying it must "stop covering for Assad" and accused Iran of "dumping fuel on the flames of this war in Syria so that it can expand its own reach".
Back at home, President Trump is being forced to re-evaluate his stance on a leader he once praised. I think he had a very successful meeting in Russian Federation.
Trump and others have indeed threatened similar action.