No positive shift yet on Russia-US ties

Tillerson said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government had carried out more than 50 chemical attacks throughout the six-year war in Syria, and that the Syrian leader could face charges of war crimes.

Using its veto power, Russian Federation not only blocked the United Nations from investigating a recent chemical attack in Syria, but it kept the U.N. from even condemning it.

President Vladimir Putin at a news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow.

Nikki Haley, ., said, "Russia once again has chosen to side with Assad, even as the rest of the world, even the Arab world, overwhelmingly comes together to condemn the murderous regime".

It would always be better if the response came from the worldwide community, but as long as Russia, Assad's benefactor and protector, continues to block any direct action at the United Nations Security Council, it falls to the take the lead.

Under the headline Tillerson And Putin Find Little More Than Disagreement In Meeting, The New York Times wrote that the two men appeared unable even to agree on the facts surrounding the alleged chemical-weapon attack in Syria last week that prompted Trump to order US forces to fire 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an air base in that war-torn country.

But also, the USA feels right now that it has made the case that Russian support for Assad must end. The diplomats will discuss the latest developments in Syria, the unilateral attack of USA on Syrian government, and the political solution of the six-year-old crisis in the Arab country.

The U.S. cruise-missile attack on a Syrian air base last week escalated tensions in the Syrian conflict, Lavrov said.

Putin has condemned the US military assault on a Syrian airfield, saying that the move represents an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of worldwide law under a far-fetched pretext.

More than 80 people were killed in what the USA has described as a nerve gas attack that Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out. "I think he had a very successful meeting in Russia", Trump said.

Moscow vetoed a Western draft United Nations resolution Wednesday, saying it failed to mention the need to inspect the area of the attack.

However, Tillerson and Putin met during the visit, and right afterward, Russian Federation said it re-activated the flight safety agreement over Syria.

The Russian president sought to assure the West that his country welcomes criticism of its role in Syria because he wants to convince the West that he is still in the political game.

He added that Syria after the US strike will not be the same as before the strike, with Trump administration sending a message that the USA will have a say in how could the crisis be resolved in Syria.

"It's deplorable, and we regret what is going on, but we can do little except asking to back accusations with facts", Lavrov said.

The US now assesses that Syria has re-established a unit of personnel associated with chemical weapons that existed before the 2013 agreement in which the Syrian government pledged to give up its weapons inventory.

"We know they have the expertise".