Russian top diplomat points to attempts to disrupt Syrian ceasefire

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Russia's meddling in last year's United States presidential election has been "fairly well-established", Rex Tillerson has said, following talks with his counterpart in Moscow.

Trump's relations with Russian Federation are also a domestic issue, as USA intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of using computer hacking to intervene in the election to help Trump win.

"So Russia faces a choice: it can continue acting as a lifeline for Assad's murderous regime, or it could live up to its responsibilities as a global power, and use its influence over the regime to bring six long years of failed ceasefires and false dawns to an end".

Lavrov said that while Russian Federation was not placing its hopes in Assad or any other individual in Syria, toppling the Syrian government was not an option and that a political process had to be allowed to play out.

In an interview with the Fox Business Network, Trump said he was not planning to order USA forces into Syria, but that he had to respond to the images of dead children poisoned in the gas attack. On Tuesday, he blasted Russian Federation for not living up to its 2013 commitment to eliminate Assad's chemical weapons stockpile.

United States intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation hacked Democratic Party emails and leaked them in an effort to damage the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton and ultimately to help Trump win.

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". That's a butcher. We had to do something about it.

When I was in Moscow in March, I spoke with some of Russia's human rights leaders about the implications of the Trump administration and the rise of anti-rights populism in Europe.

"We are willing to put it back into force", but required that Washington reaffirm that its Syria strategy is focused on defeating the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, and not toward destabilizing the regime of President Bashar Assad, Mr. Lavrov said during a joint press conference with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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After initially declining a meeting between Rex Tillerson and Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin agreed to it at the last minute.

Secretary of Defence General James Mattis spoke earlier in the day at a Pentagon news conference about the Syrian chemical weapons attack last week, which killed 86, and the subsequent USA response.

Both the Syrian government and opposition have asked for an independent investigation Safronkov said, "whereas the OPCW is doing nothing, for reasons unknown". Any expectations of an easy rapport have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing US investigations into Russia's activity connected to the USA presidential election. "We do not think the world will accept that", he said.

He has since made his support of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies clear, but has reiterated his stance that European members need to meet their end of the bargain if they are to continue benefiting from the military alliance. "According to various estimates, about 20,000 foreign fighters are in Syria, of which nearly 10,000 are from the CIS countries".

"Two litres of sarin were transported from Libya through Turkey to terrorist groups in Syria", he said, adding that the government does "not have these weapons".

"One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved but has rather deteriorated", he said.

Despite recent tensions, Mr Trump said it would be "fantastic" if the USA and Russian Federation could have better relations.

Meanwhile, Putin said in a televised interview on Wednesday that trust between the U.S. and Russian Federation had deteriorated under President Donald Trump. I would love to be able to get along with everybody. "I think it's very bad for Russian Federation".

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