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20 April 2017

But he said it was an open question where relations go from here.

Mr Trump also backtracked on his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a joint press conference with its secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, saying: "I said it was obsolete; it's no longer obsolete".

While the U.S. has put responsibility for the attack that killed more than 80 people squarely with Assad, Russia believes it was the work of terrorists, with Putin claiming more chemical attacks are on the way in Syria created to frame the Assad regime. After this condemnation, Russian Federation has sent the frigate Admiral Grigorovich in position between USA ships, considerably raising tension in the waters outside of Syria, according to the Daily Mirror.

The stark language is the most blunt terms Trump has used to describe the Syrian president who is accused of war crimes in an attempt to hold onto power during a prolonged civil war. Putin had even honored Tillerson with a friendship award.

"I would like to commend the position of the Russian government, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people concerning the United States aggression", Muallem said.

He claimed the USA and the West were "hand-in-glove with the terrorists".

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At the White House press conference, Trump, who has repeatedly questioned NATO's goal, also said the Western military alliance is "no longer obsolete". "I respect that. They don't want to expose their members to what they think could be a tough or controversial vote. No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie".

Still, Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings. -Russian ties and identify problems.

The tense negotiations with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov come at a time when the USA and Russian Federation have traded blame over chemical attacks in Syria, which has entered its seventh year of war.

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

Mr Tillerson reiterated the United States view that President Assad should go. But Tillerson repeated the administration's new belief that "the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end".

Graham told reporters on Friday that he was wanted to amend sanctions legislation to "add supporting Assad - the use of weapons of mass destruction [and] enabling him to do that - as a reason he should be sanctioning Putin".

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However, the secretary of state reiterated that Assad was not welcome as a leader in the worldwide community. The accusation that the Kremlin tampered with the USA democratic process only buttresses those who see Russian Federation as America's greatest geopolitical foe.

El secretario de Estado norteamericano, Rex Tillerson, a la izquierda, y el ministro ruso de Exteriores, Serguei Lavrov, antes de sus conversaciones en Moscú, Rusia, el miércoles 12 de abril de 2017.

World leaders have called for an worldwide probe into the deadly chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun last week, which caused an global outcry and prompted a retaliatory USA missile strike.

A stable world order functions through a sense of predictability, with key governments having a sense of how other nations will respond to events and actions.

At the press conference, Trump, who frequently called for warmer ties with Putin during his presidential election campaign, defended his decision to launch 59 missiles at the Syrian airbase in response to the alleged chemical attack the United States has said the Syrian government should be blamed for. "No", Trump said. But, he added, "I see them using gas. we have to do something".

The US envoy took aim at Russian Federation, saying it must "stop covering for Assad" and accused Iran of "dumping fuel on the flames of this war in Syria so that it can expand its own reach". But any such expectations have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing USA investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's US presidential election.

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