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Showdown in Moscow: Tillerson Says US-Russia Relations at 'Low Point'

Showdown in Moscow: Tillerson Says US-Russia Relations at 'Low Point' Showdown in Moscow: Tillerson Says US-Russia Relations at 'Low Point'
Irune Rengel | 16 Abril, 2017, 10:52

He reiterated the US position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must eventually relinquish power in Syria, a position starkly at odds with Russian Federation.

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

The United States is disputing that it has agreed with Russian Federation on the need for a United Nations investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Tillerson said Tuesday that Assad's time leading Syria was "coming to an end" and that Russian Federation could lose relevance in the Middle East if it continues to support Assad.

Tillerson doubled down on these conclusions by USA intelligence officials, saying "this is just the latest of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, and notwithstanding their use on more than 50 occasions of chlorine bombs and cluster bombs and other types of weapons that are meant to maim and kill in the most horrific ways". And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader.

Experts said Russian Federation simply is unlikely to stop supporting al-Assad.

Lavrov insisted that confronting the Islamic State group should take priority over removing Assad from power.

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While the most immediate U.S.

Mr Putin's decision to host Mr Tillerson signalled Moscow's intent to maintain communication with the U.S. even as the countries bash each other publicly in louder and louder tones.

And so, on Wednesday, Mr. Putin could keep Mr. Tillerson waiting and wondering whether he would find time in his schedule to meet the top American diplomat.

Last week, the US responded to a chemical attack on civilians by Assad forces by launching missiles against a regime air base thought to have been used in the attack, which killed at least 100 civilians. Lavrov called the strike a "an unlawful attack against Syria" and added that Russian Federation considers it "fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again".

Trump and others have indeed threatened similar action. "Are we going to get involved with Syria?"

"It reminds me of the events in 2003 when US envoys to the Security Council were demonstrating what they said were chemical weapons found in Iraq", Putin said.

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Tillerson was also asked about the interference allegations.

It came days after Chinese leader Xi Jinping held his first meeting with President Donald Trump at a summit in Florida last week.

"I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing", said Trump, who called Assad a "butcher". Trump says it's also "very bad for mankind". "But when I see people using frightful, awful chemical weapons, which they agreed not to use under the Obama administration, but they violated it", he said, explaining the strike.

"And if there is a plan, or if Trump develops the habit, to keep striking Syria to put pressure on Assad and Russian Federation, then Russia will have no option but to escalate", he adds.

With tensions rising over Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that US relations with Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low" as he moved ever further away from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow.

"It can be said that the level of trust at the working level, especially at the military level, has not become better but most likely has degraded", Putin said in an interview broadcast Wednesday by state television channel Mir.

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