President Trump: US-Russia relations 'at an all-time low'

Tillerson doubled down on these conclusions, saying "this is just the latest of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, and notwithstanding their use on more than 50 occasions of chlorine bombs and cluster bombs and other types of weapons that are meant to maim and kill in the most horrific ways".

The deal was suspended after USA missile strikes against the al-Shayrat airbase following a suspected gas attack in Khan Sheikoun, in an act Moscow labelled "aggression against a sovereign state".

Speaking amid a backdrop of US investigations of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, Lavrov also said Russia confirmed its willingness to dispel problems in relations with the U.S.

He said the US attack on the Syrian air base "was carried out in violation of worldwide norms".

Trump ordered the strike, accusing the Moscow-backed regime of Syria's President Bashar Assad of the chemical attack that killed dozens, including children.

Earlier Wednesday, Putin said that U.S. -Russia relations have gotten worse during Donald Trump's presidency.

Trump defended his decision to launch a barrage of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase in response to the attack, which the US has said was ordered by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Kremlin had previously declined to confirm Mr Putin would meet Mr Tillerson.

It was the eighth time Russian Federation has protected its ally at the council. "Russian Federation now has a lot to prove", she said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, weighing in ahead of Tillerson's arrival, said relations with Washington had quickly deteriorated under the young Trump administration over recent events in Syria.

"Russia, as their closest ally in the conflict, perhaps has the best means of helping Assad recognise this reality", he told reporters. As evidence, Lavrov critically recalled US interventions in Iraq, Libya and Yugoslavia that he said resulted in increased instability.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow following his talks with Tillerson that the OPCW should be allowed to carry out an "objective investigation".

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a joint news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Moments after the USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov ended a news conference in Moscow, Russia vetoed the latest United Nations resolution condemning the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Still, Mr Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings.

Lavrov says Russian Federation has lots of questions about the "very ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas coming from the U.S. He says through a translator that it's important for Russian Federation to understand the "real intentions" of the Trump administration.

"Let us view this moment of crisis - and it is a moment of crisis - as a watershed and an opportunity for a new level of seriousness in the search for a political solution", said De Mistura. He says both countries have agreed that their lines of communications must stay open.

While the most immediate U.S.

Mr Trump said Mr Tillerson had completed a successful meeting with Mr Putin, where "things went pretty well". Russian Federation is a key supporter of Assad's. Trump says it's also "very bad for mankind". Tillerson has a meeting set later Wednesday in Moscow with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

  • Leroy Wright