What's sinking US-Russia relations? Team Trump's truth-telling

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow on Wednesday as the two countries traded sharp accusations about a chemical weapons attack in Syria. How that occurs, we leave that to the process going forward.

Even if the United States and Russian Federation were able to quell the festering antagonism over Syria, other issues are fraying relations.

But where Obama laughed off that description and tried desperately to "reset" relations, Team Trump is having none of it.

"You can say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military side, has not improved but most likely worsened", Putin said in the transcript of an interview with Mir television released by the Kremlin.

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson met with Vladimir Putin in Russian Federation.

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The president said it was "disappointing" to see "vicious and violent" images of children dying, "fathers holding children in their arms that were dead, dead children". It shouldn't be allowed.

Since the attack, USA officials, including Defense secretary Jim Mattis, confirmed there was "no doubt" of the Syrian government's involvement.

A vote by the U.N. Security council on a draft resolution to condemn the chemical weapon attack in Syria failed Wednesday with a veto by Russian Federation, but fellow member China abstained, a sign that talks with President Trump last week may have had an effect on the superpower.

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After two hours of talks with Mr Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, he said that the "two foremost nuclear powers can not have this relationship".

"There is a low level of trust between our two countries". He said Moscow has lots of questions about the "very ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas emanating from Washington. "There was another dictator Saddam Hussein who was hanged. we know how this invasion was justified", Lavrov said, a not-so-subtle dig at the faulty intelligence the United States used to launch the war in Iraq.

"I felt we had to do something about it". Though the Kremlin had declined to say whether the leaders would meet, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday: "There is a certain likelihood".

On the alleged attack, and issues like Russian intervention in Ukraine and alleged interference in the U.S. election, the viewpoints of Moscow and Washington remained far apart.

Tillerson is right that "the world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship".

Only weeks ago, it appeared that Trump, who lavishly praised Putin throughout the campaign, was poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russian Federation.

Mr Putin, speaking on Mir television, also said trust had "deteriorated" between the USA and Russian Federation under the Trump presidency.

Yet on Wednesday, after a day's worth of meetings between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian officials, including with President Vladmir Putin, there was little sign that Trump's strike had changed Russia's calculus on the conflict. I can only tell you what I would like to do.

REX TILLERSON: We do think it's important that Assad's departure is done in an orderly way, an orderly way, so that certain interests and constituencies that he represents feel that they have been represented at the negotiating table for a political solution.

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