The meeting between the president and the USA secretary of state had been in doubt, but a spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy in Moscow, citing Kremlin officials, confirmed it was taking place.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on his first trip to Russia as secretary of State, has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as his own counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
At the joint press conference, Lavrov also extensively criticized past USA foreign policy, from Iraq to Yugoslavia.
The Foreign Secretary had previously failed to convince the G7 meeting to impose sanctions on Russian Federation for its support of Assad.
“There is a low level of trust between our two countries”, Tillerson said candidly.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday said that the president was not ruling out another attack on Syrian government installations if Assad continued to use chemical weapons against civilians.
The current “low level of trust” between the US and Russian Federation must be improved, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said.
Putin told state-run Mir television that relations between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated in the early months of Trump’s presidency.
Peskov did not reveal what would be discussed at the meeting between Putin and Tillerson. A four-page official report presented by the National Security Council contains declassified United States intelligence on the recent attack that killed many children.
Lavrov gave Tillerson an icy welcome Wednesday, diving straight into Moscow’s grievances with Washington in what would usually be warm welcoming remarks. “No”, Trump said. But, he added, “I see them using gas. we have to do something”. “We believe it is of principal importance to prevent risks of a repeat of such steps in the future”.
Trump even criticized Putin on Wednesday, something he has largely left to top aides over the last several days.
Washington blames Russia’s ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Moscow says Syrian rebels are responsible.
Those sentiments were echoed by French President Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault who described Russia’s decision as “incomprehensible and unjustifiable” as he urged the global community to “face up to its responsibilities and to take the necessary decisions to put an end to the Syrian tragedy through a political solution”.
He said working groups would be established to improve U.S.
Tillerson and Lavrov are expected to hold a news conference that begins soon.
The two stood in front of their respective flags beneath a grand chandelier and took their seats on opposite sides of a meters-long table, from which Lavrov delivered his welcome.
It was the deadliest such incident since a sarin gas attack killed hundreds of people in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus in 2013, prompting threats of US military action.
United Kingdom envoy Matthew Rycroft said the result means Russian Federation “cannot possibly claim any more that it opposes the use chemical weapons”. “Our military policy in Syria has not changed”.
Those tensions have mounted since Trump ordered a missile strike on an airbase controlled by the Assad government last week, in response to a chemical weapons attack. “Right now, we’re not getting along with Russian Federation at all”.
‘Frankly, Putin is backing a person that’s truly an evil person, ‘ Trump said, referring to Assad. “They have also signaled to America’s friends and foes that this administration is open to taking quick military action. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack”, Assad said in an interview with AFP on Wednesday.
Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, there has been conclusive evidence that chemical weapons have been used against civilians at different times and locations.
Stoltenberg said any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and can not go unanswered.