Trump walks away from campaign promise to improve ties with Russia

Trump walks away from campaign promise to improve ties with Russia

As tension between Washington and Moscow rises over Syria, the President of the United States Donald Trump seems to be walking away from his campaign to improve ties with Russia.

Trump suggested that much when he declared in Washington that US relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low”.

His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow earlier on Wednesday.

“Right now we’re not getting along with Russia at all,” Trump said flatly during a White House news conference.

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Both sides have clashed repeatedly over Syria in the wake of last week’s suspected chemical attack and US missile strikes.

“It’d be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russia,” Trump said.

“That could happen, and it may not happen,” he said. “It may be just the opposite.”

A US strike on a Syrian air base in retaliation to the suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Syria, blamed by Washington on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has seen both countries trade caustic accusations in the last one week.

 

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