Russia-US relations have 'worsened' under Donald Trump: Vladimir Putin

Michael McFaul, Obama's former ambassador to Russian Federation, said, "For me, this tragedy underscores the dangers of trying to do deals with dictators without a comprehensive, invasive and permanent inspection regime".

"If our USA colleagues and some European nations believe that their version is right, they have no reason to fear the creation of such an independent group", Lavrov added.

"Give us the evidence" of Russia's illicit involvement in USA politics, Lavrov said, "and we will respond".

US criminal investigators and members of both congressional intelligence committees are studying last year's Russian hacking into computers at Democratic Party headquarters and the eventual release of emails by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks that were seen as embarrassing Trump's challenger for the presidency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Everyone wants to restore relations in the Western community after - thanks to the former USA administration - many European countries adopted an anti-Trump position during the election campaign", he said. The accusation that the Kremlin tampered with the US democratic process only buttresses those who see Russian Federation as America's greatest geopolitical foe.

"They plan to use some substances and accuse the Syrian government of using those chemicals".

But such hopes appeared optimistic as the diplomats outlined their sharply diverging views on Syria.

Secretary Tillerson addresses US and #Russia views on #Syria and future of Assad regime while in Moscow.

Tom Malinowski, an assistant secretary of state for human rights under Obama, laments: "The hard and debatable choice the Obama administration. made not to use military force when Assad last used nerve gas against his people (in 2013) will shape our thinking about this and similar crises for a long time to come". Although the heinous act of using chemical weapons must not be tolerated, the wholesale killing of civilians by barrel bombs and starvation is no less condemnable. And he suggested that possible war crimes charges could be levied against the Syrian leader.

Sestanovich said new USA policies will be needed to prompt new Russian responses.

Putin said relations had worsened.

While most immediate, U.S.

Peskov said in a conference call with reporters that Putin's meeting with Tillerson reflected the "understanding of the need to maintain a dialogue to search for solutions". On Thursday, Trump tweeted that, "things will work out fine between the United States of America and Russian Federation".

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Putin made his displeasure felt as he hosted Tillerson at the Kremlin.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his counterparts from Syria and Iran, Walid Muallem and Mohammad Javad Zarif, will hold trilateral talks on joint efforts at resolving the Syrian crisis in Moscow on Friday.

Stopping just short of accusing Russian Federation of complicity with the sarin gas attack against civilians April 4, Trump said it's "certainly possible" that Russian Federation had advance knowledge of the use of chemical weapons by its ally. The two authoritarian governments support each other on major foreign policy problems, dislike domestic protest and see the U.S. in a similar way.

"It's really pitiful to hear such irresponsible and provocative statements from the most important leader in the Western world", Ja'afari said.

Trump's administration, shadowed by Russia's alleged interference in the United States election, had already been shifting its views on Moscow as the former real estate mogul brought more figures into the White House who backed traditional foreign policy positions.

"Every administration tries to improve relations, but there is a very basic fundamental fact: Across the geopolitical chessboard the USA and Russian Federation have fundamentally very different interests", said Harry Kazianis, a senior fellow for defense policy at the Center for the National Interest, a Washington think tank advocating "realistic" foreign policy. Beyond the expanding ledger of disagreements, Trump has limited ability to offer Moscow concessions at a time US investigators are examining if Russian agents and Trump campaign associates colluded to help the billionaire businessman win last year's presidential election.

Adding further fuel to rising tensions: the White House's move to circulate declassified USA intelligence accusing Moscow of aiding Assad's government in covering up the chemical attack. "I hope that these contacts will continue, involving not only us but also our personnel and personnel of other Russian and U.S. state bodies", Lavrov added.

Trump even criticized Putin today, something he has largely left to top aides over the last several days.

"Frankly, Putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person", Trump aid in the Fox Business Network interview, referring to Assad.

Stoltenberg said he strongly believes that the only way to deter Russian Federation is to be strong.

Of Assad, Trump added: "This is an animal".

Putin, whom US intelligence agencies say tried to help Trump get elected, insisted that relations with the USA had only gone downhill since Trump took office in January.

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