Russian Federation on 'wrong side' of Syria argument, Theresa May says

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"Russia can not now possibly claim that it opposes the use of chemical weapons".

"Today's vote could have been a turning point", she said. Bolivia voted with Russian Federation to veto the resolution.

"The United States is confident that the Syrian regime conducted a chemical weapons attack, using the nerve agent sarin, against its own people in the town of Khan Shaykhun in southern Idlib Province on April 4, 2017", the document reads.

Russian Federation has also denied a chemical weapons attack took place in Syria saying the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun were caused by a Syrian regime airstrike on a rebel-controlled chemical weapons factory on the ground. Safronkov reiterated Wednesday that an investigation can not be conducted remotely and experts must be drawn from a wide geographical basis.

"We held talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, we have just had a long, two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin", he said. Tillerson was greeted frostily in the Russian capital as officials began their meeting Wednesday by demanding to know America's "real intentions".

The U.S. cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base last week escalated tensions in the Syrian conflict, now in its seventh year, Lavrov said. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future".

Tillerson noted the low level of trust between the two countries.

As Tillerson was carrying a message from world powers to Moscow denouncing Russian support for Syrian regime leader Assad, the White House released a report accusing Russia of trying to shield Syria's regime from blame for last week's deadly gas attack.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday called for the United Nations' chemical weapons watchdog to send an worldwide group of inspectors to investigate an alleged toxic gas attack in Syria last week. And shortly afterward, Russian Federation vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have demanded Syrian cooperation on the investigation. China has vetoed six resolutions. Beyond the expanding ledger of disagreements, Trump has limited ability to offer Moscow concessions at a time USA investigators are examining if Russian agents and Trump campaign associates colluded to help the billionaire businessman win last year's presidential election. Tillerson is considering the request, he said, "and we expect that Washington will have a constructive reaction". But he clearly wasn't counting on it.

Throughout the day, the wide gaps between Russian Federation and the United States were on full display.

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Lavrov protested that Russian Federation was the victim of "very slanderous attacks", and added: "I have to say once again ... no one has shown us a single fact".

The Syrian representative noted that the Syrian government, basing on its firm principles, has joined the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Convention and fulfilled its obligations in this regard since it made unprecedented achievement in the OPCW's history and ended the Syrian chemical weapons program in record time, back in 2014.

For Trump, it's a dramatic reversal from his repeated campaign pledges to forge a new U.S.

The less-than-positive assessments of relations by both Trump and Tillerson reflected the former Cold War foes' inability to forge greater cooperation, as Trump until recently has advocated.

Putin denounced the US strike and called the chemical attack a provocation aimed at blaming Assad.

"It is clear to us the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end", he told reporters in Italy.

It was an ominous start to Tillerson's visit the first to Russian Federation by a Trump Cabinet official.

He claimed the USA and the West were "hand-in-glove with the terrorists".

Asked whether Assad could be subject to war-crimes charges, Tillerson said that people were working to make such a case, though he cautioned that doing so would require clearing a high legal hurdle. "I would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have".

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