Syria Values Highly Russia's Stance on US Aggression - Foreign Minister

Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov holds up his hand as he votes against a Draft resolution that condemns the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria at the Security Council

Syria Values Highly Russia's Stance on US Aggression - Foreign Minister

Tensions between Russian Federation and the United States deepened yesterday as U.S. president Donald Trump said relations with Russian Federation were at an "all-time low".

Russian President Vladimir Putin harshly denounced the attack, calling it an "act of aggression" as well as violating worldwide law.

"With its veto, Russia said "no" to accountability, Russia said "no" to cooperation with the UN's independent investigation and Russia said "no" to a resolution that would have helped to promote peace in Syria", said US Ambassador Nikki Haley. So we have to find ways to manage our relationship with Russian Federation, he said.

Moscow's hostility to Trump administration figures is a sharp change from past year, when Putin hailed Trump as a strong figure and Russian state television was often full of effusive praise for him.

The Russian veto came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared following talks in Moscow that there was a "low level of trust" between the US and Russia.

Standing side-by-side with NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House, Trump said: "It would be wonderful. if North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and our country could get along with Russian Federation". That's a butcher. We had to do something about it.

Talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson turned out to be frank and extensive, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following their meeting, TASS reports.

Mr Tillerson opened the tense three-hour meeting with Mr Lavrov by saying he aims to clear up the two nations' "sharp differences".

"There is a low level of trust between our two countries". Lavrov called again for an investigation into the incident in which several dozen civilians were killed, whereas Tillerson said the attack was planned and executed by Syrian government forces.

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Tillerson's mission sees the Trump administration taking on the traditional USA role as spokesman for a unified Western position.

But also, the U.S. feels right now that it has made the case that Russian support for Assad must end.

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 USA and Russian relations.

The two sides spoke of the low-level of trust between them and the US, noting it's an unacceptable state of strain between the world's two biggest nuclear powers.

"The principle of "innocent until proven guilty" has to be respected", Lavrov said.

Trump's repeated claims that he could mend relations between Washington and Moscow has fuelled accusations that he secretly colluded with Russian Federation to win the U.S. presidential election previous year. Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all.

"And that could happen, and it may not happen, and it may be just the opposite. I suggest you look at this vote very carefully and heed this warning", she added. There's certainly problems. But ultimately, I hope that there won't be a fear and there won't be problems and the world can get along.

After last week's chemical weapons attack that left almost 100 Syrians dead, former Obama advisers now say they always knew that not all of chemical weapons were eliminated - and that turning over all their weapons is not exactly what tyrants tend to do.

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