US not getting involved with Syria

-Russian air safety agreement over Syria which Moscow suspended after the US missile strikes.

"We are convinced that we need to have a full and immediate investigation, and the possibilities for that have not been exhausted", Safronkov said after the vote, accusing the resolution's sponsors of jumping to conclusions about responsibility before a full-fledged investigation. It was stark evidence that the president is moving ever further from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow.

Putin told state-run Mir television that relations between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated in the early months of Trump's presidency. Russian Federation accused the US of illegal aggression with the Friday missile strikes on Syria.

"Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person". "It may be just the opposite".

"Everyone wants to restore relations in the Western community after - thanks to the former United States administration - many European countries adopted an anti-Trump position during the election campaign", he said. "This is an animal", Trump said.

The Trump administration is hoping that after defeating the Islamic State group in Syria, it can restore stability by securing local cease-fires between Assad's government and opposition groups that allow local leaders who have fled to return and by restoring basic services.

Last week, the USA responded to a chemical attack on civilians by Assad forces by launching missiles against a regime air base thought to have been used in the attack, which killed at least 100 civilians.

Russian Federation even went a step further to "shield" an ally that had used weapons of mass destruction, the report claims.

Mattis said that if Syria were to use chemical weapons again it would "pay a very, very stiff price".

The dim view of U.S.

The less-than-positive assessments of relations by both Mr Trump and Mr Tillerson reflected the former Cold War foes' inability to forge greater co-operation, as Mr Trump until recently has advocated.

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 became the first member of the Trump administration to visit the country, and the chilly reception came as the White House bashed Russian Federation for its support of the Assad regime that runs Syria.

Tillerson said it was clear the US saw no role for Assad in Syria's future, given that he had lost legitimacy.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reiterated the Islamic Republic's stance on the need for the establishment of an worldwide fact-finding committee to investigate the recent chemical attack in Syria.

Meanwhile, the White House has expressed confidence that Assad used sarin gas in a chemical attack against civilians and that Russian Federation was trying to cover up what happened.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer also warned of further U.S. military action. He said working groups would be established to improve U.S. -Russian ties and identify problems.

Mattis added that the administration's goal in Syria was getting rid of ISIS, not settling the country's civil war.

Mr Putin accused Mr Assad's opponents of planning to stage chemical attacks to be blamed on Damascus in order to lure the United States deeper into the conflict. And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader.

During a heated Security Council exchange before Wednesday's vote, Russia's deputy United Nations envoy Vladimir Safronkov told the 15-member body that Western countries were wrong to blame Assad for the gas attack.

The civil war is separate from the US -led effort against the Islamic State group in the north of the country. Russian Federation had its own military personnel at the Syrian military airport that the USA struck with cruise missiles.

Russia's alleged meddling in the US presidential election also hovered over the first face-to-face encounter between Putin and a Trump administration Cabinet member.

The US president's spokesman Sean Spicer warned on Monday that further action would be considered in certain circumstances.

Trump and others have indeed threatened similar action.

Putin doubled down on Russia's support for Assad, repeating denials that Syria's government was to blame for a suspected gas attack on a rebel-held town, adding that it may have been faked by Assad's enemies.

"Now, we are not saying that we are the ones who are going to effect that change". They said that they were confident that terrorists do not have access to sarin.

  • Leroy Wright