Russian Federation vetoes West's Syria resolution at UN Security Council

But the USA says Tillerson believes all evidence points to Assad as the culprit. "It may be just the opposite".

The Russian Defense Ministry said it has no information about the strike.

"Definitely, 100% for us, it's fabrication", he said in reference to the alleged chemical weapons attack.

He restated the USA beliefs that Russian hackers and propagandists interfered in the U.S. vote and that Assad's forces were behind the latest chemical weapons attack.

The U.S. says the United Nations doesn't need action from the investigate because there are already mechanisms in place to investigate chemical weapons use in Syria.

France, Britain and the United States have accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of carrying out the attack that killed at least 87 civilians, including 31 children.

It came shortly after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Moscow that the US and Russian Federation have reached a "low point" in relations, Xinhua news agency reported.

In response to a question about whether it was possible to speak about a shift in the relations between the two countries following the results of the meeting, the Kremlin spokesman said: "No, it can't [be said so]".

The polarised positions were evident at the UN Security Council Wednesday, when Russian Federation vetoed a Western-drafted resolution that would have required Syrian cooperation in an investigation into the suspected chemical attack.

"Russia once again has chosen to side with Assad, even as the rest of the world, overwhelmingly comes together to condemn this murderous regime", she added.

Allegations of collusion between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates also have weakened Trump's ability to sweeten any offer for greater co-operation, such as by easing economic sanctions on Moscow related to its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. "And we seek to do that", the veteran diplomat said.

Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that "if it is decided" that the Russian president needs to be briefed on the outcome of the Tillerson-Lavrov talks, he will meet them.

The majority of the global community has blamed the attack in Idlib province, which killed 87 people including many children, on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday he and Tillerson had discussed the U.S. strike and agreed "such a situation should not be repeated".

Russian Federation has criticized previous investigations carried out by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations which blamed the Syrian government for at least three chemical weapons attacks.

The civil war is separate from the US-led effort against the Islamic State group in the north of the country. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future". But he did not threaten to lessen America's contribution or any other moves if partners do not begin paying 2 percent of their respective GDPs, as NATO's charter calls for.

"If they knew that this was not a comprehensive agreement I'm not convinced that that was necessarily the most productive outcome as we're seeing right now, it literally came back to haunt people that we were trying to protect", he told Circa. "Are we going to get involved with Syria?"

  • Salvatore Jensen