US-Russia relations have worsened since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In a transcript posted Wednesday by the Kremlin, Putin said: “You can say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military side, has not improved but most likely worsened.”
His comments come as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov following the US air strike on Russian-backed forces of the Assad regime. During their first meeting on Wednesday, Lavrov had accused the US of carrying out an “unlawful attack” last week.
“We have seen very alarming actions recently with an unlawful attack against Syria,” Lavrov said. “We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future.”
Yesterday, Tillerson had called on Russia to abandon its support for Assad, his Iranian allies, and Hezbollah.
"Russia can be a part of that future and play an important role. Or Russia can maintain its alliance with this group, which we believe is not going to serve Russia’s interests longer-term," he had said.
Current strained relations between the US and Russia would seem to clash with previous leftist reports suggesting that Trump and Putin have been on good terms and, in fact, colluded to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.