Tillerson: U.S.-Russia relations 'at a low point'

Tillerson: U.S.-Russia relations 'at a low point'

During a joint press conference in Moscow with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

While much of the world agrees that the chemical attack was launched by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Russia insists that the chemical weapons belonged to the rebels.

Moscow and Washington had also agreed to continue cooperating to try to find a political solution for Syria, he said.

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.

Russian Federation has been one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most important supporters, while the USA has supported the rebels battling the Syrian leader.

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Putin may still meet visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

In some ways, Russia's veto isn't surprising.

"We have reiterated our position and were united in stating that the attack was an act of aggression, which blatantly violated the principles of global law and the UN Charter", Lavrov said.

The toxic gas attack on April 4 prompted the United States to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base and widened a rift between the United States and Russian Federation.

This comes after consensus from US and world leaders that his government forces were behind the attack. 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.

The suspected chemical attack killed at least 87 people, including many children, and images of the dead and of suffering victims provoked global outrage. Assad asked. "Who committed the attack if there was attack?"

"We need concrete evidence on Russian Federation hacks and chemical attacks".

Russia's President Vladimir Putin echoed Mr Trump, saying in an interview on Russian television: "The level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved but has rather deteriorated".

"What we do know- and we have very firm and high confidence in our conclusions- that the attack was carried out and planned by the regime forces at the direction of al-Assad", Tillerson said.

We noticed that when the Trump administration came to power, the USA role in the Astana and the Geneva process has been reduced to the very minimum.

Tillerson said he had a "productive", two-hour meeting with Putin at the Kremlin.

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