'We can't have this relationship with Russia' amid tensions on Syria

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria

"But I do think it's going to happen at a certain point", Trump said. Russian Federation yesterday vetoed a United Nations resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of a suspected chemical attack, blocking Security Council action against its ally for an eighth time.

Russian Federation vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning last week's alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria and calling for an independent investigation.

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Relations between the United States and Russian Federation are at a low point and marked by serious distrust, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said after meetings in Moscow that highlighted the two countries' differences over the Syria conflict.

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. "I suggest you look at this vote very carefully, and heed this warning".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Russia's latest veto has put it "on the wrong side of the argument".

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President Barack Obama talked tough and acted meekly, and his policies were therefore a factor in thousands of people losing their lives, the Syrian refugee crisis, Middle East mayhem generally and USA leadership taking a dive worldwide, say such analysts as Robert Kagan of Brookings Institution.

The resolution was brought by the so-called P3 - the U.S., U.K., and France. "It can be said that the level of trust at the working level, especially at the military level, has not become better but most likely has degraded", Putin said in an interview broadcast Wednesday.

Mr Johnson said: "The global community sought to make clear that any use of chemical weapons by anyone anywhere is unacceptable and that those responsible will face consequences".

For Russia, she said, "getting serious about peace starts by fulfilling its commitment to get chemical weapons out of Syria".

Mr Tillerson, who was personally awarded an Order of Friendship medal by Mr Putin in 2013 when he was chief executive of ExxonMobil, met Mr Putin for two hours during which time the situation in Syria and the April 4th attack were discussed.

Striving to salvage ties amid a fierce dispute over Syria, the United States and Russian Federation on Wednesday agreed to work together on an worldwide investigation of a Syrian chemical weapons attack last week that prompted retaliatory American missile strikes.

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And to stand idly by when that convention is violated, that is what we had to take action on urgently in our own vital interest.

Trump said during an interview on Fox Business Network this week that "Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person" in his relationship with Assad.

"This is an approach that is incompatible with legal norms", Vladimir Safronkov, Russia's deputy ambassador to the United Nations said.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is the "bulwark of worldwide peace and security" but its European members "must pay what they owe", US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday alongside the political head of the military alliance.

The White House has accused Moscow of trying to cover up Assad's use of chemical weapons after the attack on a rebel-held Syrian town last week killed 87 people. Clearly eager to build nuclear weapons, Iran had been kept from that venture by 20 years of threats from US presidents.

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Officials are hoping that this can be leveraged to bring a new diplomatic push to end the 6-year-old civil war in Syria. The defence secretary said Moscow must be part of the solution to ending the "needless suffering" of Syrian civilians.

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