Russian Federation said no to cooperation with the UN's independent investigation.
The redeployment of USA military equipment to the border with Jordan was among the issues discussed by the foreign ministers of Russia, Syria and Iran Sergey Lavrov, Walid Muallem and Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow on Friday, the Syrian foreign minister said. It was Assad's first since the alleged April 4 chemical weapons attack prompted a USA cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base. Russian Federation has claimed that the victims were killed by toxic agents released from a rebel chemical arsenal and pushed for an global probe.
On Thursday, Moscow hosted Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem for talks with Lavrov, ahead of a three-way meeting Friday with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, another Assad ally. But he also said that it would be wonderful if NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) and America could get along with Russian Federation.
It was the first direct United States military action against Assad's forces since Syria's civil war began six years ago, and led to a quick downward spiral in ties between Washington and Moscow.
Earlier, Tillerson said he had a "productive" meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Wednesday, despite palpable tension between the USA and Russia.
But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, referring to Iraq, said, "Experiments like that, which are built on an obsession with overthrowing dictators, totalitarian or authoritarian leaders, we have already seen". Then-candidate Trump said Putin had declared him a "genius", criticized the Obama administration's tensions with Moscow and said it would be better "if we got along".
After seeing images of the horrific aftermath of the chemical attack, Trump ordered a bombardment of the Shayrat airbase in western Syria, which the U.S. believes was the launchpad for the strike.
"Things will work out fine between the United States of America and Russian Federation".
In an exclusive interview with AFP in Damascus - his first since the alleged April 4 attack prompted a U.S. air strike on Syrian forces - Assad said his army had given up all its chemical weapons and that Syrian military firepower was not affected by the United States strike.
After President Donald Trump's recent unilateral strikes on Syria, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is plotting to ensure Congress votes on future USA military action in the Middle Eastern country.
The Syrian government and the opposition have begun a coordinated population swap of tens of thousands of people from four besieged towns.
Following talks that also involved Vladimir Putin, Tillerson announced that "There is a low level of trust between our two countries", and things only got more tense from there.
If the evacuations are completed, they would be the first in number of rounds stretching over two months to evacuate some 30,000 Syrians from besieged areas, in a deal struck by rebels and the government.