Tillerson Says US and Russia Remain Divided on Syria

But he told a news conference at the White House with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that alliance members still need to pay their fair share for the European security umbrella.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Wednesday that his meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin was "productive", but that it also reiterated the existence of a great deal of mistrust between the two countries. "But I do think it's going to happen at a certain point", Trump said. It was stark evidence that the president is moving ever further from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow.

The stark language is the most blunt terms Trump has used to describe the Syrian president who is accused of war crimes in an attempt to hold onto power during a prolonged civil war. Tillerson said that the two countries agreed to set up a working group to stabilize their relationship and solve smaller issues.

As her boss Rex Tillerson, the U.S. secretary of state, was meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia, Haley told the council, "It is long past time for Russia to stop covering for Assad".

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Standing beside NATO's secretary general, Trump said the duo agrees that some alliance members pay too little into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation coffers.

Russian Federation also accused the United States of firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the base to divert attention from Iraq, where a March airstrike by the US -led worldwide coalition killed about 150 civilians in Mosul.

The White House said Russian Federation is involved in a "sophisticated disinformation campaign" to help cover up Syrian regime culpability for the deadly chemical attack last week that left at least 80 people dead. The two men outlined varying visions for the future of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, as well as an array of other worldwide issues, but both pledged to work on improving relations between their respective nations.

Russian Federation blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution on Wednesday afternoon condemning the Assad regime's chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians last week. Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the participants warned that any unilateral action by the U.S.is unacceptable.

The less-than-positive assessments of relations by both Trump and Tillerson reflected the former Cold War foes' inability to forge greater co-operation, as Trump until recently has advocated.




However, the U.S. blames Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Putin, meanwhile, accused Assad's opponents of planning to stage chemical attacks to be blamed on Damascus in order to lure the United States deeper into the conflict.

"Clearly our view is that reign of Assad family is coming to an end".

But the civil war in Syria has driven a wedge between Moscow and Washington, upending what many in Russian Federation hoped would be a transformation in relations, which reached a post-Cold War low under Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama. "We have already seen all of this". "If you have any examples I'd be glad if you could share them with me". "No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie".

The Kremlin, which has supported Assad since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, has backed up the Syrian leader, claiming he was not responsible for the attack.

Still, Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings. He says that makes it hard to have clarity about US positions. -Russian ties and identify problems.

"We believe it is highly likely that the attack was carried out by the Assad regime", May said in a televised statement. The U.S. has also accused Russian Federation of trying to cover up Assad's attack.

While the most immediate U.S.

The fact-finding mission was sent from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague to gather biometric samples and interview survivors, sources told Reuters on Thursday. The Kremlin had previously declined to confirm Putin would meet Tillerson, reflecting tensions over the US strike on Syria. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future". But in a Fox Business Network interview, the USA president said he wouldn't intervene militarily against Assad unless the Syrian leader resorts to using weapons of mass destruction again. The US scoops up such a large volume of communications intercepts in areas like Syria and Iraq, the material often is not processed unless there is a particular event that requires analysts to go back and look for supporting intelligence material.

Putin himself said earlier Wednesday that trust between the two countries had worsened since Donald Trump took office.

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