Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Putin claims intel shows more chemical attacks planned in Syria

Putin claims intel shows more chemical attacks planned in Syria

"We see that after Trump entered office, Washington's role in the Astana and Geneva processes was minimized", he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday: "We can not and will not support attempts to pass without proof a UN Security Council resolution condemning the government 'on the quiet, ' without any inspections". After this condemnation, Russian Federation has sent the frigate Admiral Grigorovich in position between USA ships, considerably raising tension in the waters outside of Syria, according to the Daily Mirror.

The United States and its allies say the Syrian military carried out the Idlib attack, something Syria has already denied.

"It would be a fantastic thing" if the two nations got along better, Trump said, but cautioned that "it may be just the opposite".

Tillerson held tense meetings on Wednesday in Moscow with Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin, their first face-to-face encounters since Donald Trump became president in January. "That's a butcher", Trump said.

It appears that Russian Federation felt stung by the USA attack on Syria and no amount of United States convincing can convince Moscow that Damascus planned and executed the chemical attack.

The Syrian government's suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians last week amounts to a "war crime", the US State Department has said. "I think he had a very successful meeting in Russia", Trump said.

"There is a low level of trust between our two countries". "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship".

Peskov also said Putin had given Tillerson his views on the situation in Syria, and how it was likely to develop.

Calling for an "objective and unbiased probe" into the chemical attack in Syria, Lavrov said that Russian Federation has no intention to shield anyone responsible for the incident and repeated Russia's view that the Syrian government was not responsible for the attack. It was Assad's first since the alleged April 4 chemical weapons attack prompted a USA cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base. "Russian Federation now has a lot to prove", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.

Trump had frequently called during the 2016 USA presidential election campaign for warmer ties with Putin, despite criticism from lawmakers in his own Republican Party.

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