Russia Cool Over Prospects for Warmer Ties With US

Violet Powell
April 16, 2017

-Russian relations may be at an all-time low.

A senior Russian diplomat says the United States and Russia are again exchanging information on a hotline created to prevent midair incidents over Syria, but that the formal agreement on such exchanges has not been renewed. "They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack", Assad said in his interview.

The details of the new understandings were not made public, but Syrian foreign ministry officials were invited by Russian Federation and will hold meetings in Moscow on Thursday, following the meeting between the US official and Putin.

Was Assad then unable to ever produce chemical weapons ever again? No. Tehran backs the plan to carry out worldwide investigation into the suspected chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, in northern Syria's Idlib Governorate, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. After all, Putin and Trump are buddies. But a quick missile strike always does wonders for a president's low job-approval rating.

Tillerson said, "We need to attempt to put an end to this steady degradation which is doing nothing to restore the trust between our two countries or to make progress on the issues of the greatest importance to both of us".

This satellite image released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows a damage assessment image of Shayrat air base in Syria, following U.S. Tomahawk missile strikes, April 7, 2017. Russian Federation and Syria have both claimed the Syrian government was not behind the attack. "Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person", Trump said, referring to Assad.

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

"As reported, the use of chemical weapons was a pretext for taking steps against sovereignty and territorial integrity of a sovereign country and a United Nations member-state, and this is a very risky step", Zarif said. And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader.

The missile attack on Assad's air base hurt Russia's prestige. "We insist on a most thorough, independent investigation into that incident".

Tillerson was greeted frostily in the Russian capital as Lavrov began their meeting Wednesday by demanding to know America's "real intentions". "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future". "Are we going to get involved with Syria?"

"This relationship continues today, with United States and Turkish military forces working together to counter a wide range of threats to our common security", the secretary said, adding that threats included ISIS and the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party].

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