Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at 'all-time low'

Tillerson said Syria's government had committed more than 50 attacks using chlorine or other chemical weapons over the duration of the conflict. I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing.

The Khan Sheikhun incident prompted the first direct United States military action against Assad's government since the war began, with 59 cruise missiles hitting the Shayrat airbase three days after the suspected chemical attack.

Canada's position has everything to do with staying on side with Trump and little to do with influencing anything internationally, because the only role Canada has to play is as part of a USA -led coalition, Juneau said. A variant on the Russian version is set out by retired U.S. intelligence officer Colonel Patrick Lang. Lang argues that the United States had been contacted by the Russians and knew they meant to attack the chemical storage warehouse.

In his first interview since the deadly gas poisoning in Idlib, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said accusations of a chemical weapons attack were "100 percent fabrication" used to justify American air strikes.

In an interview, Russian President Vladimir Putin was pessimistic about the current relationship with the US, saying in part, "The working level of confidence in Russian-American relations, especially at the military level, under the administration of Donald Trump, has not improved, but rather worsened".

"We have not seen a single fact, or even a hint of facts", he said.

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Conservative leadership candidate Chris Alexander, the former ambassador to Afghanistan, said Tuesday he thinks Russian Federation can be brought on side. He said working groups would be established to improve U.S.

But the civil war in Syria has driven a wedge between Moscow and Washington, upending what many in Russian Federation hoped would be a transformation in relations, which reached a post-Cold War low under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama.

To date, both Russian Federation and Syria have denied involvement in the attack.

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Rex Tillerson, secretary of state: The recent chemical weapons attack was planned and was directed and executed by Syria regime forces. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future". "And we suspect that they have help", a USA military official said on Saturday.

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