'We can't have this relationship with Russia' amid Syria crisis

Strongman regimes the better of two bad options in Middle East

But any expectations of an easy rapport have crashed into reality as the two countries trade escalating accusations over what happened last week in rebel-held territory in northern Syria.

Russian Federation yesterday vetoed a US-backed resolution at the United Nations demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of a suspected chemical attack.

The Moscow news conference came after Putin met Tillerson for the first time since Trump took office.

And Putin, who USA intelligence agencies say tried to help Trump get elected, insisted that relations with the US had only gone downhill since Trump took office in January.

Mr Lavrov denounced America's missile strikes on a Syrian airbase, launched in the aftermath of the attack, as illegal -and accused Washington of behaving unpredictably.

The US responded to the alleged chemical attack with a missile strike on the Shayrat air base in Syria, the first military action by the US against the Assad regime. The meeting, which lasted nearly two hours, comes after officials in Moscow initially said Putin would not meet with Tillerson during his first visit to Russian Federation, later hedging to say a sit down was possible.

However, Putin appears to have found time to meet with the former recipient of Russia's Order of Friendship, who reportedly ditched his press pool to catch up with Putin.

But he said it was an open question where relations go from here. His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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USA secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian president Vladimir Putin and foreign minister Sergey Lavrov at the Kremlin Wednesday.

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.

Tillerson says he wants to understand why U.S. -Russia differences exist.

Trump's comments on the state of U.S.

REX TILLERSON: Until full progress is made under the Minsk accords, the situation in Ukraine will remain an obstacle to improvement in relations between the US and Russian Federation.

"Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person", Trump said, referring to Assad. Simply put, the US and Russian Federation have more or less been on opposing sides of the country's civil war, with the USA supporting the rebels and Russian Federation supporting President Bashar Assad's government forces. But in a Fox Business Network interview, the U.S. president said he wouldn't intervene militarily against Assad unless the Syrian leader resorts to using weapons of mass destruction again. "And it was very, very successfully done, as you well know", he said.

"Despite the quantity of existing problems. there are considerable prospects for joint work", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference after talks with Tillerson and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has a meeting set later Wednesday in Moscow with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Putin had even honoured Tillerson with a friendship award.

Tillerson's trip to Russia, his first as secretary of state, followed just days after a US missile strike against the regime of Assad, a Russian ally.

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