Zarif calls USA bombing of Syria unacceptable

Lavrov also is warning the US and its allies against blaming Assad's government for a deadly chemical attack last week until the United Nations has investigated the attack.

During his presidential election campaign, Trump said he would like the USA to have better relations with Russian Federation.

"One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved, but rather has deteriorated", Putin said, according to translated remarks by the Kremlin.

"The world's two primary nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", he said. He said the two sides would also discuss disagreements on Syria and how to end the country's six-year civil war.

"Today there is an emergency meeting of the OPCW Executive Council in the Hague and we have sent our proposal to form such a delegation", Lavrov said at a press conference.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated that comment after meetings with Russian leaders in Moscow, and said that relations are at a low point with a low level of trust.

Putin added that Syria had given up its chemical weapons stocks, Reuters reported.

But Mr Lavrov said that "ousting a particular personality is not on our agenda".

"Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all", Trump flatly declared at a White House press conference on Wednesday, giving stark proof the president is moving ever further from his 2016 campaign promise to establish better ties with Moscow.

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

Lavrov, meanwhile, said that "the future of Syria has to be determined by the Syrians themselves", echoing a statement Tillerson himself made only days before the chemical attack.

The agreement was suspended after the United States launched its first attack on Syria during the country's six-year conflict last week.

"Russia has failed to uphold the agreements that had been entered into under multiple UN Security Council resolutions", Tillerson said.

"We both believe in a unified and stable Syria", Tillerson said. Washington and Moscow are trading sharp accusations about a chemical weapons attack last week in Syria.

"We have not seen a single fact, or even a hint of facts", he said.

Before taking office in January, Mr Trump questioned the relevance of the organisation, which was created after World War Two.

  • Larry Hoffman