Russia, Iran, and Syria warn of 'grave consequences' for further U.S. strikes

  • Russia, Iran, and Syria warn of 'grave consequences' for further U.S. strikes

Russia, Iran, and Syria warn of 'grave consequences' for further U.S. strikes

Laying bare deep and risky divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that USA relations with Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low".

"Tillerson's visit comes as Moscow and Washington trade barbs openly over the Syrian issue", Charles Maynes reports for NPR from Moscow, "with disagreements now focused on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons, and President Trump's decision to launch missile strikes in response".

Lavrov said he had a "frank" talk with Tillerson. "The world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this relationship", he said.

The U.S has said it has definitive intelligence showing Syrian regime - which is backed by Russian Federation - is responsible for the planning and execution of the chemical attack, while Russian Federation has maintained the attack was either carried out Syrian rebels or caused by Syrian warplanes hitting a rebel chemical weapons facility.

"We see attempts to hamper cooperation between Russian Federation and the USA and exacerbate confrontation", adding this was "short-sighted", TASS quoted him as saying. "I don't remember any positive examples of how a dictator was overthrown and everything was just fine afterwards".

Putin suggested on Monday that forces within Syria were plotting more chemical attacks, including near Damascus, that they meant to pin on the Syrian regime.

Russian Federation said the USA strike was illegal though and Lavrov repeated Moscow's stance on Wednesday, saying an global investigation should be left to determine who was to blame and what happened.

Moscow last week suspended its memorandum with the Washington after its missile attack on Syrian military air base.

He also rejected American claims of incontrovertible evidence that Assad ordered the chemical attack.

Meanwhile, President Trump told the Fox Business Channel that Assad was a war criminal and Russian Federation should rethink its support of him.

Mr Trump has voiced caution on his relationship with Mr Putin, and said he would wait and see about future ties with Moscow.

"Putin is the leader of Russian Federation".

According to Iranian state IRNA news, Javad Zarif condemned using chemical weapons in general and said that, in the meantime, using this excuse for unilateral and illegal attacks on Syria is also condemned and this matter should be dealt impartially so that the truth becomes known. "They were there", he said.

During a joint press conference Wednesday, Tillerson said the two had a "lengthy exchange of views regarding the situation in Syria and shared perspectives on possible ways forward".

That leaves substantial open ground between the two countries, compounded by accusations of Russian interference in the U.S. election and disagreements over Ukraine. Tillerson's mission sees the Trump administration taking on the traditional USA role as spokesman for a unified Western position.

Putin admitted that relations have worsened in the three months that Trump has been in office.

But Syria gave a murky account of what happened, denying its planes were in the air at the time of the dawn attack, claiming it carried out its first strike that day five hours later, hitting the alleged chemical weapons cache.