Relations between the United States and Russian Federation are at a low point and marked by serious distrust, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said after meetings in Moscow that highlighted the two countries' differences over the Syria conflict.
Speaking alongside Mr Lavrov following more than three hours of meetings, Mr Tillerson reiterated the United States view that the Assad regime was to blame for the April 4th chemical attack on the town of Khan Shikhoun in Idlib province, in which more than 80 were killed.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to urge Russian Federation to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after last week's chemical weapons attack.
"There is a low level of trust between our two countries", Mr Tillerson said. "The world's two foremost nuke powers can not have this kind of relationship". "I don't remember any positive examples of how a dictator was overthrown and everything was just fine afterwards".
Moscow has accused the USA of using the chemical weapons attack as a pretext for hitting the Syrian base with Tomahawk missiles.
Following the 4 April atrocity, President Donald Trump ordered a cruise missile strike on a Syrian regime airbase from where the chemical attack was allegedly launched.
The UN Security Council is to vote on Wednesday on a draft resolution by the US, UK and France requiring the Syrian government to co-operate with an investigation into the chemical attack.
Moscow has stood by Assad, saying the poison gas belonged to rebels, an explanation Washington dismisses as beyond credible.
More than 80 people were killed in what the USA has described as a nerve gas attack that Assad's forces undoubtedly carried out.
The Russian foreign minister also wants to know the real goals of the U.S. in Syria, calling the Trump administration's positions so far "ambiguous" and "contradictory", according to CNBC.More news: Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) Has Climbed To A New High After Upgrade
"It'd be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russia", Trump said. Mr Putin had even honoured Mr Tillerson with a friendship award.
"I think it's very bad for Russian Federation".
Tillerson said Syria's government had committed more than 50 attacks using chlorine or other chemical weapons over the duration of the conflict.
"We cannot give up and we must try, in good faith, the best we can, to have a text condemning the attack, asking for a thorough investigation", French Ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters.
The council was to vote later Wednesday on a draft resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with the investigation, but Russian Federation has said the measure is "unacceptable" and was expected to veto the text.
Last October, the three top diplomats held similar talks in the Russian capital where they emphasized the need for unyielding fight against terrorism and working towards the resumption of UN-brokered Syria talks in Geneva, which started previous year before breaking down.
Russian Federation has vetoed a Western-backed Security Council resolution that would have condemned the use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria.
Last week's poison gas attack and the USA retaliation upended what many in Moscow hoped would be a transformation in relations between the two countries, which reached a post-Cold War low under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama. "And I think it's very bad for Russian Federation", he said in and interview with Maria Bartiromo airing today on Fox Business Network.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said the meeting sent a "strong message" to Washington.