Tillerson meets Putin amid 'low point' in US-Russia ties

Tensions between Moscow and Washington have further aggravated over Syria after the USA missile strike on a Syrian military airfield Thursday, which it claims to be in response to the alledged Syrian government's chemical weapons attack last Tuesday in Khan Sheikhoun.

It was the eighth time that Russian Federation has used its veto power at the council to block action directed at its Syrian ally, President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump is increasing pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to abandon Assad just as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Moscow.

The suspected chemical attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhun on 4 April killed more than 80 people. "We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russian Federation", said Trump.

Tillerson was greeted frostily in the Russian capital as Lavrov began their meeting on Wednesday by demanding to know America's "real intentions".

Speaking amid a backdrop of USA investigations of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, Lavrov also said Russia confirmed its willingness to dispel problems in relations with the U.S.

But he said it was an open question where relations go from here. In one small positive note, both sides said a working group at the foreign ministry level will be established, with hopes of improving ties.

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The GPS-guided munition is known as the "mother of all bombs" and is capable of destroying an area equivalent to nine city blocks. Some analysts questioned the need to use a bomb of such destructive power given the group's lack of momentum.

Lavrov said Moscow was ready to resume a deal with Washington to avoid incidents in Syrian airspace as the two countries lead separate bombing campaigns. I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing, and it was very, very successfully done. The diplomats know each other well from Mr Tillerson's days as Exxon Mobil chief executive.

While Lavrov and Putin were less than welcoming to Tillerson on Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov came out throwing haymakers.

Tillerson, the first Trump Cabinet official to visit Russian Federation, conceded the US and Russian Federation had "sharp differences" that have been obstructing cooperation between the two powers. In Moscow, Secretary Tillerson again criticized Russia's intervention in Ukraine, which triggered Western sanctions.

Putin said Wednesday that U.S. -Russia relations have "degraded" since President Trump took office. 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. "I think it's very bad for mankind".

President Donald Trump says Russian President Vladimir Putin is backing an "evil person" in Syria.

"We do think it's important that Assad's departure is done in an orderly way", he continued. "We have already seen all of this". Any expectations of an easy rapport have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing U.S. investigations into Russia's activity connected to the USA presidential election. According to Reuters, the Russian president said his country's relationship with the United States has "deteriorated" under Trump, "especially on the military level".

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