Syria's Assad says chemical attack evidence 'fabricated' in interview
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 20:28
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday, April 12, said the relations between the US and Russian Federation were "at a low point" and the two countries remained divided on a range of issues, including Syria.
Tillerson met with Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin for two hours just before the press conference, the diplomats said.
Russian Federation on Wednesday vetoed a United Nations draft resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of a suspected chemical attack that the West blames on President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
"We have seen very alarming actions recently with an unlawful attack against Syria", Mr Lavrov said, referring to the Tomahawk missiles Mr Trump launched at a Syrian air base to punish Assad for using chemical weapons.
More than 80 people were killed in what the USA has described as a nerve gas attack that Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out.
When Trump was asked whether the Bashar al-Assad-led Syrian regime could have launched the chemical attack without letting Russian Federation know, the Republican had said that it was "certainly possible" although it was "probably unlikely".
Speaking to journalists alongside Mr Lavrov, Mr Tillerson said: "There is a low level of trust between our two countries".
Lavrov also expressed skepticism about the USA intelligence findings on Moscow's cyber intrusions into the 2016 presidential election.
Lavrov said President Vladimir Putin confirmed his "readiness" to resume a deal on flight safety and preventing incidents with the U.S.in Syria.
"Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person and I think it's very bad for Russian Federation". "Today, the Executive Council of the OPCW is holding an emergency meeting in The Hague, and we submitted our proposal there on forming such a delegation on the basis of this organization involving extra inspectors", he said.
Tillerson and Lavrov said in a joint press conference that Syria was a major subject in their discussions.
The Republican president, a few weeks ago, was talking about mending ties with Russian Federation.
"We hope that the U.S. president will become aware of that analysis", he said on Thursday.
Russia's hopes for a thaw in Russia-US ties following Mr Trump's election have been shattered by the congressional investigation into alleged ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia. [.] Over the course of the past two years, a number of reciprocal actions have been taken to demonstrate the dissatisfaction each country has with the other. Perhaps eager to take a shot at the previous USA administration, with whom Putin's government clashed badly, Lavrov said the new group would address "irritants which have dogged our relations over the last couple of years, particularly under the administration of President Obama". But we might get some clarity about United States intentions.