Trump Says US-Russia Relations Are Worse Than During Cold War

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea

Speaking at a Kremlin ceremony where new foreign ambassadors to Moscow presented their credentials, Putin told the envoy from Montenegro: "The current state of affairs in Russia-Montenegro relations clearly does not correspond to the centuries-old traditions of brotherly friendship and spiritual affinity between our peoples". "It will only become more isolationist and aggressive toward the West".

"Through the relevant channels we already conveyed to the United States that armed force under mendacious pretext against Syria - where, at the request of the legitimate government of a country, Russian troops have been deployed - could lead to grave repercussions", he said.

Russia-West ties have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and other issues, most recently the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain that triggered mass expulsions of diplomats.

The two countries are working together to raise the figure to US$10 billion by 2020.

However, according to Andrei Illarionov, Putin's senior economic adviser for six years, Russia's warning against USA military action will not be backed up with military might.

Damascus denied allegations of use of chemical weapons.

"There was no chemical weapons attack", Nebenzia told the UN Security Council. "The notorious White Helmets, who operate as part of terrorist groups, staged and filmed a chemical weapons attack on civilians in the town of Douma". "Makeshift ammunition pieces were charged with poisonous agents there", he said.

At the time, Moscow rejected the report as fake news, noting that the White Helmets were notorious for spreading falsehoods.

Dozens of people in Douma died and hundreds were injured in the attack, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Russian military said later it had observed movements of United States naval forces in the Gulf.

Currently, the United Nations and the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties are providing necessary humanitarian assistance to the residents of Eastern Ghouta.

Prior to vetoing the USA draft, Nebenzia said that by putting the resolution forward for a vote "the delegation of the United States is once again trying to mislead the global community and making yet one more step toward confrontation". "He's saying they are going to try and sink ships, sink submarines and shoot aircraft out of the sky - that's war", he said.

Israel held top-level security consultations on Wednesday on the possibility it could be targeted by Syria or Iran if the U.S. strikes Syrian government forces.

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