Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, US President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that US relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low” .This statement after Russia vetoed a UN resolution Wednesday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria .Trump’s top diplomat offered a grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
The vote on the Security Council resolution drafted by Britain, France and the United States was 10 in favor, Russia and Bolivia against, and China, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia abstaining.
It was the eighth veto by Russia, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, on a Western-backed Syria resolution and reflected the deep division that has left the UN’s most powerful body struggling to tackle the use of banned chemical weapons and to help end the six-year Syrian conflict.
“Right now we’re not getting along with Russia at all,” Trump said flatly during a White House news conference. It was stark evidence that the president is moving ever further from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow.
Only weeks ago, it appeared that Trump, who praised Putin throughout the US election campaign, was poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russia. But any such expectations have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing US investigations into Russia’s alleged interference in America’s US presidential election.