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

US Intercepted Communications on Syrian Chemical Attack

US Intercepted Communications on Syrian Chemical Attack

His comments came moments before President Donald Trump said relations with Russian Federation had reached a "all-time low".

Trump, who had long opposed military intervention in Syria, ordered the military attack on a Syrian airbase in Homs province on Friday. Amid a fierce dispute over Syria, the United States and Russian Federation agreed Wednesday to work together on an worldwide investigation of a Syrian chemical weapons attack last week.

"We know they have the expertise".

In 2013, as a businessman, Trump advised former US President Barack Obama not to strike Syria after a sarin gas attack near Damascus was reported.

"It'd be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russia", Trump said.

"It would be wonderful, as we were discussing just a little while ago, if North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and our country could get along with Russia", Trump said.

In the briefing Tuesday, Putin suggested that Russian Federation and Syria were being demonized.

"We believe that the precondition for a political dialogue with Russian Federation is that we are strong and that we are united".

"We will see the final outcome that will be perhaps in a long time period".

Mr Johnson said: "The global community sought to make clear that any use of chemical weapons by anyone anywhere is unacceptable and that those responsible will face consequences".

Damascus highly values Moscow's position on the United States aggression, he said. "We don't want a new arms race".

Trump made the comment during a joint press conference at the White House with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"The Syrian strikes last week hasten the interest, but what I am working on with my colleagues is not with respect to action in Syria", said Sen.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hasn't produced any positive shift yet in Russia-U.S. relations, the Kremlin said Thursday.

Where relations between the two countries go from this point on is hard to guess. Moallem said. He added that Russia, Iran and Syria have "common procedures against any aggression", but wouldn't offer any specifics.

Until the chemical attack, the Trump administration had sought to step back from the USA position that Assad should leave power. "The final outcome does not provide for a role for Assad or the Assad family for the future governments in Syria", he said.

Mr Tillerson said there was no doubt that the attack had been planned and executed by the Syrian regime, which has used chlorine bombs on more than 50 occasions.

The United States and its allies say the Syrian military carried out the Idlib attack, something Syria has already denied. The tense back-and-forth over last week's deadly chemical attack in Syria has added to the strain.

The United States is ready to work towards a diplomatic solution to end the six-year war in Syria, Washington's UN envoy Nikki Haley said on Wedneday.

Mr Tillerson, who also met Mr Putin during the visit, acknowledged the two world powers had "sharp differences".

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