Putin claims intel shows more chemical attacks planned in Syria

Can Putin be made to abandon Assad

Can Putin be made to abandon Assad

U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson visited Moscow for talks on Wednesday, days after Mr Johnson cancelled his own meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has warned of attempts by groups to sabotage relations with the U.S., following talks in Moscow with his United States counterpart Rex Tillerson.

The US president appeared to indicate on Tuesday that he had no intention of having US armed forces bogged down in Syria and would concentrate on defeating the Isis death cult rather than overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad.

But Lavrov said some progress had been made on Syria at the meeting and that a working group would be set up to examine the poor state of US-Russia ties. He also said that Putin had agreed to reactivate a US-Russian air safety agreement over Syria which Moscow suspended after the US missile strikes.

In response to last week's chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, the U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles against the Shayrat airfield on Friday, in the country's first strike against the regime since the war broke out six years ago.

Not long before Trump spoke, Russian Federation vetoed a Western-backed United Nations resolution that would have condemned the chemical weapons attack and demanded a speedy investigation.

The dim view of U.S. -Russia ties from both Trump and Tillerson reflected the former Cold War foes' inability to forge better relations, as Trump until recently has advocated. "I like to think they didn't know".

But Mrs May said British scientists at the Porton Down research facility were "very clear" that the sarin nerve agent or "sarin-like substance" was used in the April 4 attack and it was "highly likely" that Assad's regime was responsible.

"The Kremlin argues Assad gave up his chemical weapons stores under a 2013 agreement Moscow brokered with the Obama administration; Tillerson has accused Russian Federation of "incompetence" in failing to enforce that deal", Charles Maynes reports for NPR from Moscow. I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing, and it was very, very successfully done.

"We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia", Trump said.

But even if there is a definitive finding of Russian complicity, it's not clear the Pentagon or the White House would make that information public, a senior United States official said. He said the recent chemical weapons attack was really the act of terrorists and rebels.

President Donald Trump listens during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. "However, the question is if there will be new attempts to carry out aggression against Syria".

Ten countries voted in favour of the text, while Bolivia joined Russian Federation in voting no. The roles of Russian Federation and of the USA are important for resolving such a big problem, but Turkey is an important actor as well. -Russian dispute concerns culpability for the chemical weapons, broader disagreements over everything from Ukraine to Russia's support for once-fringe candidates in European elections are among other sore points.

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

"This draft resolution was not adopted by the UN Security Council, as we prevented it", Lavrov said.