As Tillerson Visits Moscow, Trump Calls Assad an 'Animal'

Posted April 20, 2017

Mr Johnson said: "This afternoon in NY, the worldwide community sought to make clear that any use of chemical weapons by anyone anywhere is unacceptable and that those responsible will face consequences".

The presidents of both countries personally waded into the day's diplomatic efforts in an apparent bid to move past some of the divisions, with Putin meeting with Tillerson for about two hours.

"The world's two primary nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", he said.

Trump, who last week ordered airstrikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack, was asked Wednesday if Syria could have launched the attack without Russia's knowledge. Washington and Moscow are trading sharp accusations about a chemical weapons attack last week in Syria.

Later, Tillerson met with Putin, which was also a tense interaction.

Russia's Safronkov called the USA strikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for the Khan Sheikhoun a provocation, but Delattre said they were "a legitimate response to a mass crime which could not go unpunished".

But R.C. Hammond, a senior Tillerson aide, said flatly, "No agreements were reached".

Russian Federation is expected to veto the measure - which would mark the eighth time that Moscow has used its veto power to block Security Council action directed at Syria.

Western leaders backed the US action, saying Assad had brought it on himself.

Iran, Russia and Syria deny that the authorities in Damascus were behind the attack, in which more than 80 people were killed and hundreds injured.

Russian Federation has slammed Washington's attack on a Syrian airbase and, as Tillerson met Lavrov, Putin admitted that relations have worsened in the three months that Trump has been in office.

Where relations between the two countries go from this point on is hard to guess.

The second theory Putin offered was that "this was all staged, in other words this was a provocation".

- Foreign producers of software will be banned from state procurement tenders if they have supported anti-Crimea sanctions, according to a Russian government decree to be issued soon. "That's all. This needs to be checked". "I like to think they didn't know".

Tillerson has rejected that theory.

However, the Russian President and his officials dismissed U.S. evidence that Assad had carried out the attack, and Putin added a "bombshell prediction" of his own: Unnamed forces were going to carry out more chemical weapons attacks and blame these on Assad.

White House officials said Wednesday that there is credible evidence pointing to Russian interference in Montenegro's election last October. "He hasn't threatened us at all", Lavrov responded.

The dim view of U.S. He described them all as failures. "This has built for a long period of time, but we'll see what happens". Trump said it was "certainly possible" though "probably unlikely".

"If our US colleagues and some European nations believe that their version is right, they have no reason to fear the creation of such an independent group", Lavrov added. He said the two sides would also discuss disagreements on Syria and how to end the country's civil war.

Donald Trump authorized the launching of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the sovereign Syrian state. But Tillerson repeated the administration's new belief that "the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end".

It appears that Russian Federation felt stung by the United States attack on Syria and no amount of USA convincing can convince Moscow that Damascus planned and executed the chemical attack. The accusation that the Kremlin tampered with the USA democratic process only buttresses those who see Russian Federation as America's greatest geopolitical foe.

"Where is the proof that Syrian troops used chemical weapons?" Russian Federation is a strong country.

A meeting of the two leaders has not been scheduled so far, even though Moscow has indicated it is willing. - RT.

Russian Federation on Wednesday vetoed a United Nations draft resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of a suspected chemical attack that the West blames on President Bashar al-Assad's forces. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future".

Later Wednesday, Russia blocked the U.N. Security Council's draft resolution condemning Syria and calling for it to comply with an investigation.

Putin said the USA was using the same tactic it did in the lead-up to the Iraq war. "It wasn't only a violation of the laws of war but it was a - we believe, a war crime", Toner said. How do you know that?