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

Russian Federation had suspended that effort after USA missile strikes on a Syrian airbase following an April 4 chemical weapons attack on a village in rebel territory.

"If you are an "animal" yourself, there is no need to think that everyone else is the same".

Ward used a hastily convened meeting of the organization's executive council to launch a withering verbal attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies in Moscow.

Donald Trump's decision to launch a tactical cruise missile strike against the airbase thought to be responsible for the chemical attack marked an abrupt change in American foreign policy, which has spent the majority of the Syrian war seeking a resolution through diplomatic means.

On Wednesday, Russia's representative to the United Nations vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning the Khan Sheikhoun attack and recommending an immediate global investigation. The two diplomats also agreed to appoint special envoys to address some of the "irritants" to relations-which Lavrov pointedly said had developed primarily during President Barack Obama's administration.

Syria's military had given up all its chemical weapons in 2013 after an agreement made at the time, and would not have used them anyway, AFP quoted Assad as saying in an interview.

Russian Federation blocked a Western effort at the UN Security Council on Wednesday to condemn the gas attack and push Assad to cooperate with global inquiries into the incident.

The Prime Minister said it was "highly likely" the attack had been carried out by the Syrian regime, which has repeatedly denied involvement.

"We are deeply anxious by our partners in the U.N. Security Council trying to evade an honest investigation into that episode", he said.

Lavrov, addressing a news conference, said that Moscow is ready to restore an air safety agreement covering Syria which it had suspended after last week's U.S. missile strikes on Syria.

Secretary Tillerson addresses USA and #Russia views on #Syria and future of Assad regime while in Moscow.

"Their answer to that question is that "we get some of Islamic fundamentalism which is worse for us than Assad"... so we put up with the nasty dictator that we've got rather than admitting fundamentalism which is a direct threat to us".

The Foreign Secretary has previously said he is "dismayed" by Russia's veto against calls to condemn the Syrian government for the attack at the United Nations. Syria "continues to possess and use chemical weapons". He said the two sides would also discuss disagreements on Syria and how to end the country's six-year civil war.

"Our meeting today comes at an important moment in our relationship so that we can further clarify areas of common objectives, areas of common interest - even where our tactical approaches may be different - and further clarify areas of sharp difference so that we can better understand why these differences exist", Tillerson said. "I do not know who saw them".

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