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>> The recent chemical weapons attack was directed and executed by Syrian Regime Forces.>> Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, not papering over deep differences with Russia over Syria, Wednesday. At a chilly news conference with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, saying the US wants Syria's Bashar Assad to go.
>> Our view is that the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end.>> Unfortunately, we've got some difficulties.>> State Department reporter, Yegane Torbati, is in Moscow.>> Tillerson 's visit to Moscow occurred in a context where both sides, both the United States and Russia, had really ratcheted up the rhetoric in recent days.
The White House claimed earlier, that Russia had been covering up chemical attacks by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Whereas on the Russian side, President Putin claimed that this idea of a chemical attack was sort of made up. So, there was little chance that they were really going to bridge all of their differences in this one initial meeting.
>> The principle of innocent until proven guilty has to be respected.>> The two speaking after Tillerson met with Assad's main patron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, for some two hours. Last week's deadly gas attack, and the US missile response, dashing expectations of warmer ties between Washington and Moscow.
Raised by then-candidate Donald Trump's warm words for Putin on the campaign trail. Tillerson, who was once honored by Putin as CEO of Exxon-Mobil, failing to break the ice with his counterpart, Lavrov. Who declared the US missile attack in Syria illegal.>> I felt we had to do something about it.
>> In Washington, President Trump doubling down.>> I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing.>> Soon after the meeting, Russia blocked a United Nations Security Council effort to condemn the recent gas attack. But China, who had previously support Russia on Syria, abstained from the vote.
Trump praising China's decision.>> It is time to end this brutal civil war, defeat terrorists, and allow refugees to return home.