Tillerson meets with Putin in Moscow as tensions rise over Syria

He insisted that Russian Federation wasn't holding on to Assad, but supports dialogue between various Syrian factions to determine the country's future and to preserve it as a united, secular state. "And we had the most lovely piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen, and President Xi was enjoying it", Mr Trump explained.

Bartiromo also asked the president about the reason for deploying an armada of U.S. Navy ships to the Korean Peninsula after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to use nuclear weapons against the U.S.at any sign of aggression.

US President Donald Trump even criticised Putin on Wednesday, something he has largely left to top aides over the last several days.

Tillerson, the first Trump Cabinet official to visit Russian Federation, conceded the USA and Russian Federation had "sharp differences" that have been obstructing cooperation between the two powers.

Russia's top diplomat said after the talks that the pair had agreed to continue discussions aimed at securing a peaceful solution to the Syrian civil war, but warned of attempts by groups to sabotage relations with the US.

TRT World's Shamim Chowdhury reports.

'The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship'.

The Russian foreign minister said last Friday's cruise missile strike which targeted a Syrian government airbase was an unlawful attack against President Assad's forces.

Trump, meanwhile, told Fox Business News that the US had no plans to become more deeply involved in Syria and only did so because of last week's deadly chemical weapons attack that killed dozens.

The meeting Wednesday, announced by Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, comes hours after Tillerson faced his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in a tense encounter. Russia, Assad's staunchest ally, has insisted that Assad is blameless and that it was actually the rebels responsible for the disbursed chemical weapons. Russian Federation has condemned a United States air strike on a Syrian air base which came in response to the attack.

Lavrov stressed that it is "fundamentally important to prevent future U.S. attacks on Syria".

Tillerson also said it was important the two governments maintain open lines of communication, CNN reported.

Any expectations of an easy rapport have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing USA investigations into Russia's activity connected to the United States presidential election.

Trump said, "when I saw that, I said we have to do something".

Meanwhile in an interview with Fox Business Network to be broadcast on Wednesday, President Trump said he had no intention of going to war in Syria. He pointed out that it is hard for Moscow to receive Washington's explanations on operational issues because "not all State Department positions have been filled" yet. Trump, in the past, has called Assad "evil" and "an animal".

  • Zachary Reyes