Russian Federation challenges USA to prove chemical attack in Syria
Apr 21 2017 by Desiree Burns
Mr Trump also backtracked on his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a joint press conference with its secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, saying: "I said it was obsolete; it's no longer obsolete".
As both sides sought to find some common ground Mr Tillerson said there was a "low level of trust" between the U.S. and Russian Federation and pledged to increase communication between Washington and Moscow.
"There is a low level of trust between our two countries", Mr Tillerson told reporters in Moscow.
However, the Syrian nerve gas attack blamed on Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, and the retaliatory U.S. missile attack against Syria has sent U.S. -Russia ties to rock bottom.
"The perspective of the United States is that the recent chemical weapons attack carried out by Syria was planned, directed and executed by Syrian regime forces".
"I would like to commend the position of the Russian government, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people concerning the United States aggression", Muallem said.
"Apart from the statements, we observed very recently the extremely worrying actions, when an illegal attack against Syria was undertaken", said Lavrov.
Lavrov expressed doubt about this characterization.
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Lavrov said global experts should be sent to the place where the chemicals were used. "We insist on a most thorough, independent investigation into that incident".
Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said after the vote that his country condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction as a crime against humanity and an unacceptable, immoral and unjustified act under any condition.
Earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with his U.S. counterpart in Moscow that if there is not an worldwide inquiry then it will mean that the global community is not interested in establishing the truth. According to Putin, the fighters from these states pose a real threat to Russia's security.
Syria's government has denied responsibility for the attack. "We're going to see how that all works out".
Despite Lavrov's calls, Russian Federation on Wednesday vetoed a United Nations resolution condemning the attack and urging an investigation. He also said he did not know Russian president Vladimir Putin.
"It can be said that 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 on Wednesday by state television channel Mir.
Senior national-security officials at the White House said Tuesday that it was "clear the Russians are trying to cover up what happened" in Syria with a "disinformation campaign".