Russia and the United States have a shared understanding that U.S. air strikes on Syria should not be repeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem in Moscow on Thursday, Interfax news agency reported.
The President's reversal on Russian Federation and China is part of a series of policy flip-flops that have seen Trump abandon campaign positions on NATO, Israel, the Iran nuclear agreement and USA alliances in Asia. On the other, they claim that President Trump is a puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin. And like his predecessors, Donald Trump is running into a thicket of obstacles, new and old, to even maintaining a functioning relationship with Moscow.
Trump's prognosis followed his declaration Wednesday that U.S. -Russia relations "may be at an all-time low", and that "right now we're not getting along with Russian Federation at all".
Trump had frequently called during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign for warmer ties with Putin, despite criticism from lawmakers in his own Republican Party.
As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after emerging from a almost two-hour meeting with Putin, "there is a low level of trust between our two countries".
"Apart from the statements, we observed very recently the extremely worrying actions, when an illegal attack against Syria was undertaken", said Lavrov.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the council before the vote that a resolution was unnecessary, and the draft put forward by the Western powers pre-judged that the Syrian government was responsible for the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhoun in which almost 90 people died.
"The U.S. hasn't gotten anything from China yet", said Evan Medeiros, who was Obama's top Asia adviser in the White House. "But a month later, on June 17, 2015, Earnest responded: "(Syria's) declared chemical weapons stockpile that Assad previously denied existed has now been acknowledged, rounded up, removed from the country and destroyed precisely because of the work of this administration and our successful efforts to work with the Russians to accomplish that goal".
As he shifts away from Russia, Trump is offering an outstretched hand to China.
The "realities" that Trump faces include North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's accelerating pursuit of nuclear and missile technology. The U.S.is not a serious military player there. Tillerson said in the news conference.
"You can not not talk to China. It's too important", said Pho, but she warned Trump may be underestimating China's influence over North Korea and its interest in an outcome the USA would be happy with. "This means that they do not want success in the peace process".
And the only thing Beijing might think was worse, she said, would be a unified and US-allied Korean Peninsula on the border.
After last week's chemical weapons attack that left almost 100 Syrians dead, former Obama advisers now say they always knew that not all of chemical weapons were eliminated - and that turning over all their weapons is not exactly what tyrants tend to do.
"Both agree that we need a new world order that takes their interests into account more than it does right now, and both agree it's time to move away from a US-dominated global order", Stent said.