No positive shift yet on Russia-US ties, Kremlin says

The Russian government has condemned the missile strikes by the United States on a Syrian airbase last Thursday, calling Washington's move "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of global law".

Numerous Western powers, including the United States, blamed the government of Bashar al-Assad of the attack.

Describing the Syrian leader as a "butcher" he said he had "absolutely no doubt" the U.S. had done the "right thing". -Russian relations had reached such a low point, a Kremlin spokesman said.

"We insists on the most thorough, independent, objective investigation of this incident", Lavrov said of the reported April 4 chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun. We made a determination to do it, so the missiles were on the way.

The Kremlin has said it regarded the USA strike as an "act of aggression" against a sovereign state carried out in violation of worldwide law under a "far-fetched pretext".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Trump's administration has found itself under pressure from those who "want to prevent it from curing the wounds inflicted by Barack Obama's administration and are using the Russian card in internal political struggle". Putin's decision to host Tillerson signaled Moscow's intent to maintain communication with the US even as they bash each other publicly in louder and louder tones.

Tillerson held tense meetings on Wednesday in Moscow with Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin, their first face-to-face encounters since Donald Trump became president in January.

Steeped in geopolitical intrigue, the meeting between Putin and Tillerson wasn't formally confirmed until the last minute, following days of speculation about whether the Russian would refuse to grant the former oil executive an audience. "I like to think they didn't know".

The U.S. attack raised tensions between Moscow and Washington. He says both countries have agreed that their lines of communications must stay open.

Lavrov blasted US claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference. He said working groups would be established to improve U.S.

"Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person", Trump said, referring to Assad.

Russia, a key ally of Syria's Bashar al-Assad, has called for a thorough investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of the allegations of chemical weapons use in Khan Sheikhun. "And so we are mindful of the seriousness of that particular interference in our elections, and I'm sure that Russian Federation is mindful of it as well", Tillerson said.

In an interview with Fox Business, Trump said he informed Chinese President Xi Jinping the United States had fired missiles "heading to Iraq" (incorrectly identifying the country he was striking during the interview) while the two enjoyed dessert.

  • Leroy Wright