No positive shift yet on Russia-US ties

The United States is "not getting along with Russian Federation at all", Trump said at a press conference at the White House. We're now having dessert.

He then informed Jinping that the strikes had been launched, to which the latter said - via an interpreter - that "it's OK to respond with force", when anybody uses chemical weapons against civilians.

Russia, Syria and Iran strongly warned the United States Friday against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an worldwide probe into last week's chemical attack there.

At the press conference, Trump, who frequently called for warmer ties with Putin during his presidential election campaign, defended his decision to launch 59 missiles at the Syrian airbase in response to the alleged chemical attack the United States has said the Syrian government should be blamed for.

A senior Russian diplomat says Moscow believes that an global probe into last week's chemical attack in Syria should include experts from Brazil, India, Iran and other nations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin used a meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to give his views on why U.S.

Putin told an interviewer on Russian state television on Wednesday that relations between the two countries have deteriorated this year since Trump took office three months ago.

Russian Federation has staunchly backed Assad's government throughout Syria's six-year civil war. But that one would have condemned the US missile strikes ordered by President Donald Trump in response to the chemical attack. He expressed strong skepticism about a preliminary investigation conducted by the United Nations chemical weapons watchdog, saying that its experts have failed to visit the site and it has remained unclear to Russian Federation where the samples have been taken and how they have been analyzed. However, he added that he believes Moscow and Washington have "great potential" to improve their relationship.

Putin discussed the general decline in U.S.

"Do they want to reduce worldwide relations to the law of the jungle?"

Only weeks ago, it appeared that Trump, who praised Putin throughout the U.S. election campaign, was poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russian Federation. Russian Federation says rebels were responsible for whatever chemical agent was used, which the Trump administration calls a disinformation campaign.

Since then, a series of issues ranging from US investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the campaign to the Syria bombing have altered the political landscape.

"Up to this point, they [the Russians] had already relied on the fact that they could play the role of the unpredictable one because they felt, with considerable grounds, that they had identified the real red lines of USA policy and they knew what the Americans would do in response", Galeotti said. "I think it's hard to imagine".

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