Russia Relations May Be At An 'All-Time Low'

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks at the presidential palace in Damascus Syria

The statement was made soon after Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the same assessment earlier in the day.

Earlier on Wednesday Tillerson had a similar tone after an nearly two-hour meeting with Putin, saying the two countries had reached a "low point" in relations.

Mr Tillerson said there was "a low level of trust" between both countries and such a relationship could not be allowed to continue between the world's foremost nuclear powers.

Details of the meeting were not released.

Not long before Trump spoke in Washington, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson struck a similar tone after an nearly two-hour meeting with Putin, saying the two countries had reached a "low point" in relations.

"There is a low level of trust between our two countries", Tillerson added. "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", Tillerson said.

Russian Federation on Wednesday vetoed a United Nations resolution that would have required Bashar al-Assad's government to co-operate with worldwide inquiries into last week's chemical attack in Syria.

Can Russia abandon Assad?

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The officials rejected Russia's claim that terrorists or rebels carried out the attack. U.S. -Russia relations were supposed to improve under the Trump administration.

The US-along with France and the UK-had sought to pass a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria and calling for a full probe into last week's attack only to have it vetoed by Russian Federation during a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, the Hill reports.

The UN motion also would have forced the Syrian Assad government to cooperate in an worldwide investigation into the incident.

Tuesday, the White House declassified a USA intelligence report that accused Putin of a cover-up to "confuse" and "obfuscate" on behalf of Assad.

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned Moscow against protecting Assad, who relies on support from Russian Federation and Iran in his conflict with mostly Sunni Muslim rebels.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has recalled that the United States, just as Russia, is a guarantor of Syria's chemical disarmament, and the very instance of chemical weapons elimination was stated "in bold print" in an OPCW report. "That's exactly what is happening now... We're not going to use it", he told Agence France-Presse. "A successful ouster of a dictator is for me very hard to remember". But in a Fox Business Network interview, the US president said he wouldn't intervene militarily against Assad unless the Syrian leader resorts to using weapons of mass destruction again.

"Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person", Trump said, referring to Assad. "This is an animal".

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