Russia vetoes UN draft resolution on Syria gas attack probe

"No", he told Fox Business.

Speaking alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump offered support for the Western military alliance, which he had previously criticized as obsolete.

Trump, meanwhile, told Fox Business News that the USA had no plans to become more deeply involved in Syria and only did so because of last week's deadly chemical weapons attack that killed dozens. "If you want to know the truth".

Before the vote, Russia's deputy United Nations envoy Vladimir Safronkov said in the course of negotiations between his country's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Moscow had suggested a joint communication asking the OPCW Director-General to immediately put together an worldwide mission to visit Khan Shaykhun and the Shayrat air base. "I would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's statement Tuesday, April 11, 2017, that the reign of President Bashar Assad's family "is coming to an end" suggests Washington is taking a much more aggressive approach about the Syrian leader.

But while Lavrov also said that the two countries have a "common interest" in a political settlement in Syria, Tillerson asserted that the USA does not see a future political role for Assad.

Putin suggested on Monday that forces within Syria were plotting more chemical attacks, including near Damascus, that they meant to pin on the Syrian regime.

"That's a butcher. That's a butcher".

"I liked how we spent yesterday". Giving Tillerson a chilly reception, Lavrov said Russian Federation was trying to understand the "real intentions" of the Trump administration. Trump's actions prompted questions as to whether the Trump administration would pursue a policy of regime change in Syria. But any such expectations have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing US investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's USA presidential election. He says that makes it hard to have clarity about US positions. Instead Trump expressed his desire to have closer ties between the two nations while he is still president.

Numerous administration's steps on Syria have been more conventional in recent weeks.

Trump and his aides have made it clear that they are trying to isolate Russian Federation on the world stage in an effort to persuade Putin to drop his support for Assad, a similar approach taken by former President Obama.

Trump and others have indeed threatened similar action.

Britain, France and the United States put forward the measure which was slightly revised from a previous text presented last week in response to the suspected sarin gas attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Russian Federation claims the Syrian regime is being unfairly blamed for the chemical attack, and on Wednesday Putin said that the attack was "simply staging" and a provocation, in his interview with MIR.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the level of trust between Moscow and Washington has taken a hit since Donald Trump's presidency.

Moscow's hostility to Trump administration figures is a sharp change from a year ago, when Putin hailed Trump as a strong figure and Russian state television was consistently full of effusive praise for him. The FBI is investigating whether any Trump campaign figures colluded with Moscow, which the White House denies.

Trump's comments about Russian Federation and Putin have given ammunition to critics who think he has taken a soft line with Moscow. "You think our country's so innocent?" He also mentioned that if he would have a good relationship with Putin then it would be beneficial for both the countries.

"The cover-up of the United States' aggressive activities by the Western part of the global community and their loyal satellites is just an attempt to use collective responsibility for removing oneself from the field of the worldwide law and securing the implementation of one's own geopolitical strategies", Kosachev told Russian senators.

Steeped in geopolitical intrigue, the meeting between Putin and Tillerson wasn't formally confirmed until the last minute, following days of speculation about whether the Russian would refuse to grant the former oil executive an audience.