Trump said, "I would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have".
Trump had been eager to improve relations with Moscow and often expressed confidence that his ability to bond with Putin would ease friction between Washington and Moscow over Russia's role in Syria and its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The US blamed the Assad regime for the attack and accused Russian Federation of trying to cover it up. "We insist on a most thorough, independent investigation into that incident". Russian Federation wants an worldwide investigation of the chemical attack, Lavrov told reporters in Moscow, but the resolution offered by the USA and its allies was aimed "more at legitimizing the arguments against Damascus".
Attempts to disrupt the ceasefire in Syria still continue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem on Thursday.
They plan to press Trump to explain whether he will conduct future attacks against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime as well as push for Congress to reassert its constitutional authority to declare war, congressional aides and lawmakers on the call told CNN. Russian Federation says rebels were responsible for whatever chemical agent was used, which the Trump administration calls a disinformation campaign.
President Trump said that the images of the attack's aftermath moved him to act, launching the Tomahawk strike on the airbase from where the U.S. believes the planes took off to carry out the attack.
Safronkov said Russia's Foreign Minister asked U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during talks earlier Wednesday in Moscow to jointly request the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "to immediately put together an independent worldwide mission" to visit Khan Sheikhoun and the air base that the U.S. attacked in retaliation.
Beyond Syria, Russia's alleged meddling in the USA presidential election also hovered over what was the first face-to-face encounter between Putin and any Trump administration Cabinet member.
Lavrov said Moscow has asked Washington about the objective of the buildup and received assurances that the US troops were deployed there to cut supply lines between the Islamic State group factions in Syria and Iraq.
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"In general, primitiveness and loutishness are very characteristic of the current rhetoric coming out of Washington", Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia's state-owned RIA news agency.
-Russian disagreements over the chemical attack that left more than 80 dead.
At a joint news conference after the talks with Lavrov, Tillerson acknowledged "there is a low level of trust between our two countries", a viewpoint that both Putin and Trump echoed in comments at different times on Wednesday.
Before Russia opted to veto, the resolution received 10 votes in favor, two against, and three abstentions. "We're going to see how that all works out". And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader. Assad referred to the aftermath of the attack seen on social media and in the news as a "play".
While the most immediate U.S.
Is it even worth noting at this point that Trump had urged Obama not to get involved with Syria, saying it was not America's problem, or that the president acted last week without congressional approval, something he criticized his predecessor for doing?
The Yomiuri ShimbunA humanitarian crisis caused by the civil war in Syria has further deepened with the use of chemical weapons.
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