Trump is increasing pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to abandon Assad just as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Moscow. It was the first direct U.S. military action against Assad's forces since the start of Syria's civil war six years ago and led to a quick downward spiral in ties between Washington and Moscow.
It was Assad's first since the alleged April 4 chemical weapons attack prompted a USA cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base.
U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking at an event in the White House, said he was not surprised by China's abstention.
Russian Federation did not pull any punches with the United States during this crucial visit.
The news conference came after Russian President Vladimir Putin met the top American diplomat for nearly two hours to see if they could rescue relations between the world's mightiest military powers.
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"Clearly, this is an issue that has emerged in our time for which we have yet, as an global community, come to some conclusion on how we want to respond to that", Tillerson said.
Any hope in Russian Federation that the Trump administration would herald less confrontational relations has been dashed in the past week after the new U.S. leader fired missiles at Syria to punish Moscow's ally for its suspected use of poison gas.
"It was planned and executed by Syrian regime forces we are quite confident of that". The US strike was condemned by Russia, Syria's ally in its civil war, which said that the strike would worsen the relations between the countries.
France, Britain and the United States have accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of carrying out the attack that killed at least 87 civilians, including 31 children. Assad asked. "Who committed the attack if there was attack?" "We don't have [a chemical weapons] arsenal and we're not going to use it, and you have many indications if you don't have proof, because no one has concrete evidence".
Tillerson's Russian counterpart warned the USA diplomat that Moscow believes it is "fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again in the future".
However, the Russian President and his officials dismissed USA evidence that Assad had carried out the attack, and Putin added a "bombshell prediction" of his own: Unnamed forces were going to carry out more chemical weapons attacks and blame these on Assad. We're a very, very strong country.