Rex Tillerson says Russian meddling in United States election is 'well-established'

"We have seen very alarming actions recently with an unlawful attack against Syria", Lavrov said, referring to the cruise missiles Trump ordered to punish Assad for using chemical weapons.

SHAPIRO: This comes after days of back and forth between the USA and Russian Federation over a chemical attack in Syria and the US military response.

Stopping just short of accusing Russian Federation of complicity with the sarin gas attack against civilians April 4, Trump said it's "certainly possible" that Russian Federation had advance knowledge of the use of chemical weapons by its ally.

"I would like to stress that we are 100 percent sure that, if our colleagues in the United Nations or in The Hague will steer away from this investigation, it will basically mean that they do not want to find out the truth", Mr Lavrov said. "He hasn't threatened us at all", Lavrov responded. Tillerson struck a pretty pragmatic tone, talking about the need to work through the many differences the US has with Russian Federation. Russia, as Syria's closest ally, has the "best means" to help the country "recognize this reality", Tillerson said.

Adding further fuel to rising tensions: the White House's move to circulate declassified USA intelligence accusing Moscow of aiding Assad's government in covering up a gruesome, nerve gas attack that killed more than 80 people.

Some of Washington's allies had been wary of Trump, who spoke during his election campaign of seeking closer ties with Moscow and questioned the value of US support for its traditional friends.

Tillerson said the United States was confident that Assad's forces were behind the gas attack, but said there was "no firm information" to indicate Russian forces were involved in the same attack.

But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria. But he said Wednesday the US doesn't have "firm information" to show that Russian forces were involved in the gas attack. And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader. The U.S. also accused Russian Federation of mounting a disinformation campaign aimed at exonerating Assad.

The civil war is separate from the US -led effort against the Islamic State group in the north of the country.

Syria is obliged to cooperate with the OPCW as a member of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which it joined in 2013, but access to sites has been a complicated issue. He also said that Putin had agreed to reactivate a U.S.

"We believe it is fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again".

Despite remarks by both diplomats that their nations have many common interests, Lavrov rehashed an extended list of Russian grievances, from NATO's actions in Kosovo in 1999 to US attempts to remove dictators from Sudan to Libya.

He did play down suggestions from some U.S. officials that Russian forces could have been complicit in last week's slaughter of 87 civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhun.

"If they [Syria] use chemical weapons, they are going to pay a very, very stiff price", he said.

Trump came to the presidency promising to seek closer ties with Russian Federation and greater cooperation fighting against their common enemy in Syria, Islamic State.

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