Tillerson: War Crime Charges 'Possible' Against Assad

Russian Federation says rebels were responsible for whatever chemical agent was used, which the Trump administration calls a disinformation campaign.

But Trump did not seem to change in his assessment of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Trump has spoken of admiringly in the past.

"We insist on an objective investigation of what happened on April 4th", he said. "No", Trump said. But, he added, "I see them using gas. we have to do something".

It comes after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that trust between Moscow and Washington had plunged to a "low level" amid rising tensions over the war in Syria. So, I felt we had to do something about it.

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

Lavrov had begun the day with the more combative tone, but at the pair's joint news conference it was he who stressed the areas where closer cooperation remains possible.

"To my colleagues from Russian Federation - you are isolating yourselves from the worldwide community every time one of Assad's planes drop another barrel bomb on civilians and every time Assad tries to starve another community to death", US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, told the UN Security Council.

And while Tillerson appeared Wednesday before reporters with Lavrov, he met beforehand for roughly two hours with Putin himself. "We'll hope that this doesn't become the substance of American policy", he told Russian state-owned TV.

That leaves substantial open ground between the two countries, compounded by accusations of Russian interference in the United States election and disagreements over Ukraine.

"We have continued to deconflict as necessary with the Russians", Dorrian said, but he declined to say how that was being done with the deconfliction channel under suspension by the Russians.

More than 80 people were killed in what the United States has described as a nerve gas attack that Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out.

In the latest veto, Russian Federation blocked a draft resolution backed by the United States, France and Britain to denounce the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun and tell Assad's government to provide access for investigators and information such as flight plans.

And he declared that numerous divisions between Moscow and Washington were the result of "timebombs" left behind by former president Barack Obama's administration. "We have to make sure we are impartial now in investigating this whole business". "That is an obvious fact", Putin told Mir television. He said working groups would be established to improve U.S.

"Where is the proof that Syrian troops used chemical weapons? Do they want to reduce global relations to the law of the jungle?"

"It'd be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russia", Trump said.

Still, Mr Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings. "We urge the USA and their allies to respect Syria's sovereignty".

Though the resolution would have provided chemical weapons investigators with access in Syria, a Russian representative to the United Nations said it didn't "serve a useful objective".

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called claims of a chemical weapon attack by the Syrian government "fabricated" and said he welcomes an "impartial investigation", according to SANA.

Moscow last week suspended its memorandum with the Washington after its missile attack on Syrian military air base.

In a sign that the Kremlin is not set to drop its firm support for Assad, Syria's foreign minister is set to jet in to Moscow for talks with Lavrov on Thursday before a three-way meeting involving Iran's top diplomat on Friday.

  • Leroy Wright


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