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Again: Russia vetoes United Nations resolution on Syrian war

Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 05:59

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said that relations with Moscow are at "a low point" after meetings in Russian Federation that seemed to do little to bridge a deepening diplomatic divide over the Syria chemical attack.

During a meeting with his Russian Counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Moallem said the United States aggression was aimed at disabling peace process in the war-hit country.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his first directs talks with Russia's president on Wednesday amid deepening tensions after U.S. missile strikes in Syria and Washington's demands that Moscow abandon support for its main Middle East ally.

Lavrov, who was co-hosting the April 12 press conference in Moscow, said progress had been made on Syria and a working group would be established to improve communication between the United States and Russia, Reuters reported.

Russian Federation said the US strike was illegal though and Lavrov repeated Moscow's stance on Wednesday, saying an global investigation should be left to determine who was to blame and what happened.

"This one [the Russian veto] is even more regrettable given that Russia was the architect of the 2013 agreement to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program, an initiative that has demonstrably failed", Rycroft said.

He restated America's claim that Syrian government forces "planned, directed and executed" a chemical attack on civilians which killed more than 80 people.

Permanent member Russian Federation vetoed the resolution which sought to condemn the killings and call on the Assad regime to cooperate with an worldwide investigation into the attack.

"I said it was obsolete", Trump said. "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship", Tillerson, who once received a medal of friendship from Putin, told a Moscow news conference.

"Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all", Trump said flatly during a White House news conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Soltenberg. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future". He also said that Putin had agreed to reactivate a U.S.

Earlier Russia's President Vladimir Putin rejected allegations that Syria was behind the chemical attack, saying Syria had given up its chemical stockpile.

Lavrov, however, said at Thursday's news conference that the vetoed proposal was formulated "unilaterally" as it only asked the Syrian government to open access to all its military facilities.

USA ties with Russian Federation are at an "all-time low" due to Syria, President Donald Trump has said, adding that they want to improve ties with their Cold War enemy. Russian Federation has seen the same pictures that we all saw just days ago in this chamber. Russian Federation made it clear it was unwilling to roll back its strategic alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 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. "No", Mr Trump said in the interview, which aired on Wednesday in the US. Washington warned Moscow, and Russian troops at the base were not hit.

"Are we going to get involved with Syria?"