Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution to condemn Syria chemical attack

Russian Federation vetoes United Nations resolution to condemn Syria chemical attack

The Putin-Tillerson meeting was believed to be the first between the Russian President and a top member of Mr Trump's administration since the USA businessman took office in January.

This is coming as the new USA leader fired missiles at Syria to punish Moscow's ally for its suspected use of poison gas.

Any hope in Russian Federation that the Trump administration would herald less confrontational relations has been dashed in the past week after the new USA leader fired missiles at Syria to punish Moscow's ally for its suspected use of poison gas.

At the start of his meeting with Lavrov, Tillerson said he wanted to "clarify areas of common objectives, areas of common interest - even where our tactical approaches may be different - and further clarify areas of sharp difference".

A fact-finding mission from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is investigating the attack.

"I will be frank that we had a lot of questions regarding a lot of very ambiguous as well as contradictory ideas on a whole plethora of bilateral and global agenda coming from Washington", Lavrov said.

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.

"It's one that we know is serious enough to attract additional sanctions".

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Russia vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution Wednesday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation into the attack that killed almost 90 people.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks during a news conference after addressing the U.N. Security Council 's meeting on Syria, Wednesday April 12, 2017 at U.N. headquarters.

"As you know, talks between the Russian foreign minister and the (US) secretary of state are underway, if they consider it reasonable to brief the president on the outcome of their talks, we will inform you in due manner", Peskov told reporters.

Leaving traveling US reporters across town, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Putin in the Kremlin for nearly two hours following fraught discussions with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Unlike he has done with previous secretaries of state, Putin didn't keep Tillerson waiting for hours on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has received US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Kremlin after they concluded talks, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, TASS reports.

Still, Tillerson sought to stress the positives from his meetings.

Lavrov says Russian Federation has lots of questions about the "very ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas coming from the U.S. He says through a translator that it's important for Russian Federation to understand the "real intentions" of the Trump administration.

"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. But he said it was an open question where relations go from here.

"Within the framework of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations, we will insist on the immediate dispatch of inspectors both to the site of the incident and the airbase where our Western colleagues claim missiles were loaded with chemical substances", Lavrov said.

Both officials addressed the question of allegations of Russian interference in the USA elections.

Trump has also accused intelligence agencies of leaking information about his associates' connections to Moscow, and blamed them for allowing an unverified dossier to be leaked.

He said Assad's government was responsible.

But Russia insists that there should be an investigation. Putin's decision to host Tillerson signaled Moscow's intent to maintain communication with the USA even as the countries bash each other publicly in louder and louder tones. His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

The meeting comes as early expectations of an easy rapport between the Trump administration and Russian Federation are crashing into reality.