Trump says US-Russia relations may be at "all-time low"

Trump says US-Russia relations may be at

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday, April 12, said the relations between the US and Russian Federation were "at a low point" and the two countries remained divided on a range of issues, including Syria.

Both Syria and Russian Federation have denied that forces loyal to the Assad regime carried out the toxic gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April.

Trump's relations with Russian Federation are also a domestic issue, as US intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of using computer hacking to intervene in the election to help Trump win.

Trump indicated early on that human rights would have no role in his foreign policy, and in particular that rights would have no role in the USA relationship with Russian Federation. Tillerson conceded the two world powers had "sharp differences" that have obstructed cooperation but voiced optimism that their talks could narrow those differences. "The U.S. would have to take the field itself, and risk direct confrontation with the Russians and Iranians-highly unlikely", he said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that the United States is not trying to get involved in Syria's civil war, but the US would hit Syrian government targets again if Assad used chemical weapons again.

The decision by the United States to strike Assad's air base broke with its stated mission under Operation Inherent Resolve that us and coalition forces are only in Syria to defeat the Islamic State there. But Tillerson repeated the administration's new belief that "the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end".

"It wasn't just us - it's the entire global community holding the Assad regime and its sponsors responsible for the chemical attack and indiscriminate mass murders". And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader.

The three ministers also discussed the beefing up of USA forces on Jordan's border with Syria.

The civil war is separate from the US-led effort against the Islamic State group in the north of the country. Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the participants warned that any unilateral action by the U.S.is unacceptable.

More news: Wilson scores in OT as Caps survive scare to beat Leafs

In Russia's view, the probe conducted by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should be widened to include experts from many nations, he said.

Lavrov said both countries should work together and noted that Moscow does "not consider any closed alliances and misalliances productive". The diplomats know each other well from Tillerson's days as Exxon Mobil CEO.

Tillerson is on a thus-far-futile mission to persuade Putin to abandon support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Kremlin had previously declined to confirm Putin would meet Tillerson, reflecting the renewed tensions.

Trump and others have indeed threatened similar action.

U.S. officials have suggested Russian forces may have colluded in the latest atrocity blamed on Assad's regime, and it remained unclear if Tillerson will be invited to meet Putin. "Are we going to get involved with Syria?".

"We have just had a long, two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin", Lavrov said.

Trump and NATO's secretary general shared a chuckle when the US president told reporters he "asked about" whether members who have failed to contribute 2 percent of their GDP to the alliance will pay back those funds. But any expectations of an easy rapport have crashed into reality as the two countries trade escalating accusations over what happened last week in rebel-held territory in northern Syria.

"Frankly, Putin is backing a person that is truly an evil person", Trump said. "And so we are mindful of the seriousness of that particular interference in our elections, and I'm sure that Russian Federation is mindful of it as well", Tillerson said.

Related Articles

  • Fowler sits 3rd at Masters: 'Right where I'm supposed to be'

    Fowler sits 3rd at Masters: 'Right where I'm supposed to be'

    He picked up two more on the par 5s and finished with birdie putts of 20 feet and 12 feet on the last two holes for 5-under 67. Garcia, who began the day as one of four co-leaders, produced a two-under-par round to remain out in front alongside Rose.

    Easter egg hunts kick off this weekend

    It's really fun and they were helping him find eggs, and he got to meet the Easter bunny", she said. Another egg hunt saw children confined to wheelchairs get their chance at collecting eggs.

    Tillerson: Russia 'failure allowed Syria chemical attack'

    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said defeating Islamic State was a higher priority than persuading Assad to step down.
  • Mobile to begin shipping Galaxy S8 just 2 days before street release

    Mobile to begin shipping Galaxy S8 just 2 days before street release

    Mobile business chief Koh Dong-jin said the S8, which begin sales in South Korea, the United States and Canada on April 21. The only numbers they revealed were those of the pre-orders in South Korea, its home market, and were over 728,000.
    Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100% fabrication'

    Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100% fabrication'

    It is not the first time that government forces have been accused of carrying out attacks with chemicals . Eighty-seven people, including more than 20 children, died in the attack on April 4.
    Lucrative Stocks in today's market: Roper Technologies, Inc. : ROP

    Lucrative Stocks in today's market: Roper Technologies, Inc. : ROP

    The recycled content figure, said Greenpeace, now stands at 7 percent on average across Coca-Cola's global plastic bottle sales. The company reported $0.37 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.37.
  • Iran's Rouhani registers to run for re-election

    Iran's Rouhani registers to run for re-election

    The presidential candidates can enroll for presidential elections on April 11-16. Ahmadinejad said, referring to Hamid Baghaei, his former vice president.
    EPA moves to undo tougher pollution limits on coal plants

    EPA moves to undo tougher pollution limits on coal plants

    The agenda reinforces Pruitt's commitment to refocusing the EPA, returning power to the states, and encouraging job growth. Regions that don't meet the standards are subject to strict permitting requirements on new industrial development.

    Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at "all-time low"

    President Vladimir Putin received Lavrov and Tillerson at the Kremlin Palace, spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters later. But Lavrov stood firm, saying that "removing or ousting" anyone from power was not on Russia's agenda.
  • Government: 36 Islamic State fighters killed by massive bomb

    Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February, General John Nicholson warned of a stalemate in the country. The US said it believed the area was so remote that no civilians were in the area.
    8GB RAM Equipped Device Shares Star Feature With Samsung Galaxy S8

    8GB RAM Equipped Device Shares Star Feature With Samsung Galaxy S8

    OnePlus 5 is said to be running on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out of the box, and OnePlus OxygenOS UI on top of it. OnePlus 5 is expected to be featuring the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm, however, this isn't the best part.
    Yankees' Pineda flawless  through 6 innings in home opener

    Yankees' Pineda flawless through 6 innings in home opener

    Scheduled to make his Major League Baseball debut, Montgomery will become the 49th player in SC history to make it to the Majors. Pineda gave up a home run by Logan Morrison in the eighth, but the Yankees scored five runs in the bottom of the inning.