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Tillerson, Lavrov open tense meeting; Putin repeats assertion on chemical weapons

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CORRECTS DATE- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov center listens to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson right back to the camera during their talks in Moscow Russia Wednesday

Tillerson is right that "the world's two foremost nuclear powers can not have this kind of relationship".

Tillerson again said the US has "conclusive" evidence Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime planned and carried out a chemical attack on its civilians last week.

"There is a low level of trust between our two countries", Tillerson added.

During Tillerson's visit to Moscow on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gave the top US diplomat an earful of criticism over the USA strike.

"There is a low level of trust between our two countries", Tillerson said.

A hospital room in Khan Shaykhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following last week's toxic gas attack.

Mattis said Tuesday that Assad's use of the sarin crossed a line for the United States, though Assad's forces have killed thousands of Syrian civilians trapped by the country's violent civil war since 2011.

They covered a lot of ground - especially on the Syrian conflict. "After the news conference we had an informal conversation for about an hour about the emerging opportunities".

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the council before the vote that during talks in Moscow Russia asked for an independent global investigation to examine the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhoun.

Trump said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had completed a successful meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, where "things went pretty well".

The US blamed the Assad regime for the attack and accused Russian Federation of trying to cover it up.

"Russian Federation now has a lot to prove", she said.

Diplomats said that Russian Federation has put forward a rival draft resolution that expresses concern at last week's gas attack and condemns the U.S. strike on Syria.

The Syrian government categorically denied the accusations, which were read by observers as hasty and couldn't be verified in the short time between the incident in Khan Sheikhoun and the launch of the USA missile strike. "And actually we strongly believe that there is no contradiction between a strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, a credible deterrence and defense and political dialogue with Russian Federation". So that we can then address the more serious problems. "But if I see them using gas...we have to do something".

Putin: 'Where's proof against Syria?' He says that makes it hard to have clarity about USA positions. But he and the president have made it clear that the ball to improve it is squarely in Putin's court.

Syria's government has denied responsibility for the attack. There isn't any. But there was a violation of global law. Though President Donald Trump has spoken with Putin by phone, the meeting was believed to be the first between Putin and a top member of Trump's administration since the new American president took office in January. "But I do think it's going to happen at a certain point", Trump said, adding that it's not impossible for peace with Assad still in power.

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