After a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on Wednesday, President Trump said the United States’ relationship with Russia “may be at an all-time low.”
Trump also stated that it is “certainly possible” Russia had advance warning of the chemical attack on Syrian civilians April 4, and that he has no regrets about the decision to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase two days later.
Trump’s sentiment seemed to echo that of Sec. of State Rex Tillerson who hours earlier met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.
After the meeting, Lavrov had a more upbeat stance, stating, “With all the existing problems, both objective and artificially created ones, we still have quite a few prospects for joint work. Russia is open to dialogues with the U.S. in different areas, and not only to dialogues but also to joint actions.”
Although Russia’s view that the Syrian government was not responsible for the recent chemical attack remains unchanged, the two countries agreed on Wednesday to an “objective and unbiased probe” into the incident.
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