The Syrian government's suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians last week amounts to a "war crime", the US State Department has said. Right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all.
Syrian authorities - "abetted by Russia's continuing efforts to bury the truth" - still possess and use chemical weapons, an American diplomat told the global chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday.
Jens Stoltenberg, who heads up the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, said that "any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. those accountable must be held responsible". "We don't want a new arms race".
He had said it was "obsolete because it was designed many, many years ago".
But in an apparent reversal, Mr Trump said the alliance is a "bulwark of global peace and security". "It's no longer obsolete", he said, though he repeated previous calls by United States presidents for Nato's European members to increase their defence spending.
Safronkov said Russia's Foreign Minister asked U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during talks earlier Wednesday in Moscow to jointly request the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "to immediately put together an independent worldwide mission" to visit Khan Sheikhoun and the air base that the U.S. attacked in retaliation. But there was no sign of a breakthrough following the talks, with the two sides seemingly as far apart as ever on Syria.
He reiterated the United States position that Assad must eventually relinquish power in Syria.
"This is just the latest use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", he said, noting that Assad had presided over more than 50 attacks, using weapons such as cluster bombs and chlorine bombs "intended to maim and kill in the most horrific ways". The US blamed the Assad regime for the attack and accused Russian Federation of trying to cover it up.
Mr Tillerson reiterated the United States view that Assad aircraft carried out the attack.
The UN motion also would have forced the Syrian Assad government to cooperate in an worldwide investigation into the incident.
Following talks that also involved Vladimir Putin, Tillerson announced that "There is a low level of trust between our two countries", and things only got more tense from there.
"The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this type of relationship", Mr Tillerson warned.
The high-level talks in Moscow clearly failed to bridge the widening gap between the USA and Russian Federation on Syria.
United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday laid bare the deepened rift caused over Syria and other issues with Russian Federation, and said that relations between Washington and Moscow "may be at an all-time low".