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Tillerson Heads to Moscow as Tensions With Russia Rise

Tillerson Heads to Moscow as Tensions With Russia Rise

The Russian Defense Ministry said that week that the Syrian air force airstrike near Khan Shaykhun hit a terrorist warehouse that stored chemical weapons slated for delivery to Iraq.

The talks got off to a frosty start, with the Russian politician branding the American cruise missile strike "illegal" and criticising "confusing and sometimes openly contradictory ideas" from the Trump administration on the US-Russia relationship and worldwide issues. It was stark evidence that the president is moving ever further from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow.

And the USA warned Russian Federation that it is only isolating itself with its continued support of Assad. Western leaders backed the USA action, saying Assad had brought it on himself.

Mr Trump also backtracked on his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a joint press conference with its secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, saying: "I said it was obsolete; it's no longer obsolete". "It may be just the opposite".

The US military and intelligence community has intercepted communications featuring Syrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week, a senior US official tells CNN. Mr. Trump said it was "certainly possible" though "probably unlikely".

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The news comes after Tillerson faced an unusually chilly reception in Moscow.

As Putin said, if the United States wanted to strike Damascus criminal Bashar al-Assad, there are simply several and logical justifications for it. The Pentagon has been looking for any evidence that Moscow knew about or was complicit in the attack in Idlib province that killed at least 80 people and injured dozens more, the CNN reported quoting a senior United States defense official as saying. Russian Federation says rebels were responsible for whatever chemical agent was found, which the Trump administration calls a disinformation campaign.

The US blamed the Assad regime for the attack and accused Russian Federation of trying to cover it up. "It is important to note that the US missile strike in Syria targeted infrastructure, not people".

Mr Tillerson said there was "a low level of trust" between both countries and such a relationship could not be allowed to continue between the world's foremost nuclear powers. It has now become evident that President Trump is not the ally Russian Federation was hoping for, but he is rather the president who launched a military strike against Assad.

Until the chemical attack, the Trump administration had sought to step back from the US position that Mr. Assad should leave power.

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Putin said that he realized that Russian Federation will receive criticism for its role in Syria, but he hoped that eventually positions will be eased.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, referring to Iraq, said, "Experiments like that, which are built on an obsession with overthrowing dictators, totalitarian or authoritarian leaders, we have already seen". "I do not know who saw them. We have to find ways to live with them and to try and avoid a new Cold War, a new arms race", Stoltenberg said.

Still, Mr Lavrov sought to put a positive spin on the talks with Mr Tillerson, saying they helped improve mutual understanding. Lavrov, in particular, said that Moscow saw a readiness on behalf of the United States to support an global investigation of the April 4 events in Idlib.

But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria.

Peskov also said Putin had given Tillerson his views on the situation in Syria, and how it was likely to develop.

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