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USA relationship with Russian Federation worse than Cold War era

13 April 2018

Russia's ties with Montenegro do not match up to the long tradition of friendship between the two countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to warn Russia about the dangers of aligning themselves with Syria after a Russian ambassador stated that they will shoot down any missiles fired at the country.

Speaking before foreign ambassadors, the president said "Indeed the current global situation can not but cause concern". The situation in the world is becoming all the more chaotic. You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!

Signalling that a US-led military attack is imminent, the president promised that the bombs "will be coming, nice and new and smart".

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At another point, Trump blamed the bad relationship on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russians who sought to influence the 2016 presidential election through hacks and fake news.

Moscow and Damascus have called on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate the attack and find the real perpetrators.

Soon after the tweets Russia's Foreign Ministry said that "smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not legal government".

Last week, representatives of the armed Syrian opposition in Eastern ghouta reported the possible use by government forces of poison gas in the city Duma against the militants and the civilian population. Another option - strike the locations where chemical weapons are stored.

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Before his White House trip, Mattis told reporters that the still assessing intelligence as to whether the Assad regime is responsible for the gas attack that killed anti-government rebels and their children.

The Syrian foreign ministry described the United States threats to attack it as "reckless", saying it would endanger global peace and security.

A Swedish draft resolution, circulated to council members Thursday and obtained by AP, would also express the council's determination to establish "a new impartial, independent and professional" investigative body to determine responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Earlier, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier said in televised remarks that "we don't participate in Twitter diplomacy", adding that "it's important not to make any steps that could further destabilize the already fragile situation". Sablin said Assad is in Damascus and was going to meet the Russian delegation.

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USA relationship with Russian Federation worse than Cold War era