Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at 'all-time low'
Safronkov said Russia's foreign minister asked US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during talks earlier on Wednesday in Moscow to jointly request the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "to immediately put together an independent global mission" to visit Khan Sheikhoun and the air base that the US attacked in retaliation.
Last week Trump ordered airstrikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack which killed 80 people and was described by the U.S. as a nerve gas attack carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
He said working groups would be established to improve U.S.
Lavrov, addressing a news conference, said that Moscow is ready to restore an air safety agreement covering Syria which it had suspended after last week's USA missile strikes on Syria.
President Donald Trump, in his biggest foreign policy decision since taking office in January, ordered the strikes after concluding that Syria waged a nerve gas attack in rebel-held territory that killed 87 people, many of them children.
Only weeks ago, it appeared that Donald Trump, who lavishly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout the election campaign, was poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russia.
Trump, during a White House news conference on Wednesday, said, "Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all".
Trump responded to the gas attack by firing 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase on Friday. Tillerson conceded the two world powers had "sharp differences" that have obstructed cooperation but voiced optimism that their talks could narrow those differences.
A second question, from an American journalist, asked if Tillerson had presented any specific pieces of evidence to the Russians in their meeting. Interestingly enough, in the same press conference where Trump said relations were poor, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed the comparison.
Russian Federation is Syria's ally, and on Wednesday, the country vetoed a United Nations resolution that would have called on Syria to help in an worldwide investigation of the attack.
The US did not know prior to the attack it was going to happen, the official emphasized.
It was the eighth time during Syria's six-year-old civil war that Moscow has used its veto power on the Security Council to shield Assad's government.
Tillerson is considering the request, he said, "and we expect that Washington will have a constructive reaction".
"It is clear to us the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end", he told reporters in Italy.
Tillerson's estimation comes after a week of sparring between the White House and the Kremlin over the chemical weapons attack carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime.
The rhetorical salvos came as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received an unusually hostile reception in Moscow. "We are mindful of the seriousness of that particular interference in our elections and I am sure that Russian Federation is mindful of it as well". I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing. "I think it's very bad for Russian Federation".
It was the eighth time that Russian Federation has used its veto power at the UN Security Council to block action directed at its ally in Damascus.
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