Donald Trump says US-Russia relationship may be at 'all-time low'


She spoke as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was at the Kremlin for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin following US missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack.

Mr Tillerson reiterated the United States view that Assad aircraft carried out the attack.

Western hysteria over alleged chemical attack should not hamper efforts to solve the crisis, he added.

Russian Federation believes that Damascus made a right decision to invite experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to investigate into the Idlib incident.

"This draft resolution was not adopted by the UN Security Council, as we prevented it", Lavrov said. "The investigation into this high-profile incident must be transparent and leave no doubt that someone is trying to hide something".

"If our US colleagues and some European nations believe that their version is right, they have no reason to fear the creation of such an independent group", Lavrov added.

But Mr Trump, who ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airfield in response to a chemical weapons attack earlier this month, appeared to rule out deeper U.S. involvement in the conflict.

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Putin repeated those suggestions in an interview on Wednesday with the state-run MIR television station, in which he said the chemical attack last week had been staged and implied that he knew who was planning the alleged future attacks.

Trump had frequently called during the 2016 USA presidential election campaign for warmer ties with Putin, despite criticism from lawmakers in his own Republican Party.

"The strike pursued several targets", he said. "And one of them was to stall the peace process (in Syria)".

Putin said the USA was using the same tactic it did in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that trust had eroded between the two countries under US President Donald Trump. But the Constitution also provides the President with authority to use the military as needed as the commander in chief, CNN legal analyst and national security law professor Steve Vladeck noted.

The White House has accused Syria and Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, of launching a confusion campaign over who was responsible for the attack, in order to protect Assad's regime.

Russian Federation is expected to veto the measure, with the country's ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko saying "we don't think that there is any need in such a resolution". "This is why I would like to thank Russian Federation for preventing attempts to use the UN Security Council to carry out an aggression against Syria". "I respect that. They don't want to expose their members to what they think could be a tough or controversial vote".

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