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

USA intelligence intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical experts

Moscow has accused the United States of breaking global law by striking Syria with 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in what Trump said was retaliation for the chemical attack on a rebel-held town attributed to the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. According to Putin, the fighters from these states pose a real threat to Russia's security.

Donald Trump has declared that U.S. relations with Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low" laying bare deep and risky divisions on Syria and other issues, while his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered a similarly grim assessment after meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Even though the Kremlin said last week that its support for Assad isn't unconditional and emphasized that it can't control the Syrian leader's every move, such statements sound more like rhetoric aimed at deflecting Western criticism than a signal of Moscow's readiness to bargain over Assad's fate.

Russian Federation is Syria's ally, and on Wednesday, the country vetoed a United Nations resolution that would have called on Syria to help in an worldwide investigation of the attack.

Speaking following the meetings, Mr Lavrov ruled out withdrawing his support for Syrian leader Assad, saying that "ousting a particular personality is not on our agenda".

"It'd be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russian Federation". The US has specific intelligence showing it was a Russian drone.

The dim view of U.S.

Standing side-by-side with NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House, Trump said: "It would be wonderful. if North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and our country could get along with Russian Federation".

Prsident Putin has also suspended the "Deconfliction Line", a military channel created to provide an avenue for negotiation between Russian and USA fighter jet missions over Syria.

"Also, we had held talks in the Kremlin before that", Lavrov said.

The U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria's Shayrat airbase on April 6.

US officials said that the missile strike was made against the facility from which the chemical attacks were carried out, as quoted by an earlier article by CNN.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted US claims that it has "irrefutable evidence" of election interference. It has conducted an air campaign in Syria since September 2015, saving Assad from imminent collapse and helping reverse military fortunes.

It was the eighth time Russian Federation had used its veto power to block a resolution against Assad's regime since 2011.

However, Lavrov added some progress had been made on Syria at the meeting, adding that a working group would be set up to examine the poor state of US-Russia ties.

The Pentagon has insisted that no such danger exists.

Defense Secretary James Mattis was looking into it, he said.

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