>> A unified message from some of the biggest world powers to Moscow. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, heading to Russia from the G7 Summit in Lucca, Italy, after denouncing that country's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.>> I hope that what the Russian government concludes is that they have aligned themselves with an unreliable partner in Bashar Al Assad.
>> But Russian president Vladimir Putin shows no sings of shifting. On Tuesday, he said he expected more quote, fake gas attacks as a way of discrediting Assad.>>
> Since Donald Trump was elected, his administration has trod softly concerning Putin's Russia. But last week's poison gas attack, which western countries blamed on Assad, sparked a dramatic shift.
Diplomats have been concerned about whether a consistent tough line would follow. Reuters Crispian Balmer reports.>> I think there is a lot of confusion. Where does the United States stand regarding Russia's role in backing Assad? How much is the Trump administration prepared to push to get rid of Assad, was the cruise missile strike merely a slap on the wrist?
A warning to Assad, don't use chemical weapons again, but everything else goes? No one is very certain in European diplomatic circles.>> Russia wasn't present in Italy, but it dominated the discussion as pressure grew. Middle Eastern allies joining the G7 leaders to forge a united position on Syria.
Tilleson's role as messenger for that stance is a turning point for Trump and a far cry from his America first campaign pledges. His Russia trip may provide further clues to how far Trump is willing to engage in world affairs.