Russia: Talks with U.S. won't lead to immediate action

"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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin used a meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to give his views on why U.S.

Putin said relations had worsened.

"I would like to stress that the U.S. missile attack on the Shayrat air base was actually a provocation", the Russian top diplomat said.

"It can't be a worst sight".

"I view the U.S. missile strike as an aggression, as it took place without an approval from the United Nations and without any investigation on behalf of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which could have identified those responsible behind the use of chemical weapons", Muallem 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. "And it was very, very successfully done".

The chemical attack killed about 80 people and injured many more, yet Russian Federation does not seem to want to budge from its position of support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Trump said, "I would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have".

Where relations between the two countries go from this point on is hard to guess. "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", he said at a news conference, adding that Moscow and Washington had agreed to establish a working group to identify problems and improve bilateral relations.

Donald Trump authorized the launching of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the sovereign Syrian state.

Tillerson met President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for discussions that were meant to tackle, primarily, the fight against Daesh and safe zones, but that were consumed by the chemical attack in Syria.

During Tillerson's visit to Moscow on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gave the top US diplomat an earful of criticism over the USA strike.

The Syrian representative noted that the Syrian government, basing on its firm principles, has joined the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Convention and fulfilled its obligations in this regard since it made unprecedented achievement in the OPCW's history and ended the Syrian chemical weapons program in record time, back in 2014. It was Assad's first since the alleged April 4 chemical weapons attack prompted a United States cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base. Only through working to change the dynamic of the battlefield can the global community bring forth the conditions for a political solution.

And the US warned Russian Federation that it is only isolating itself with its continued support of Assad.

US President Donald Trump's ostensibly dramatic decision to order a missile strike on Syria was not based on his sympathy for victims of last week's suspected gas attack, given his indifference to widespread human rights violations taking place in the US and other nations.

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. "In some ways, they are too much alike", added the expert.