As a presidential candidate previous year, Trump criticized Obama and Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state during Obama's first term and Trump's opponent in the election, for getting involved in foreign conflicts and waging wars in other countries. He said Russia's hope was that Putin's message would be passed on to US President Donald Trump.
US-Russia relations are at another low after a chemical attack in Syria killed more than 80 people and wounded at least 550 others last week.
"It would be a fantastic thing" if the two nations got along better, Trump said, but cautioned that "it may be just the opposite".
Earlier in an interview broadcast on Wednesday before the meeting with Tillerson, Putin said that mutual trust between Russian Federation and the United States, especially on the military level, had eroded in the first few months of Trump's presidency.
But some senior officials in the Trump administration, including Haley, now say that Assad must go.
During his campaign, Trump said he was open to cooperating with Russian Federation on Syria and that removing Assad was not a priority. As we consider our responsibilities and options, I believe it is important to distinguish between the broader civil war and the Syrian regime's recent and prospective use of chemical weapons.
"There is a low level of trust between our two countries. But we are sure in advance that the west will not agree to it", Muallem said during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "Russian Federation has done it for the eighth time", the Syrian top diplomat added.
Lavrov added: "Yesterday, we discussed in detail (with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson) the need to step up Russian-American efforts towards mobilizing the global community to fight terrorism, and reminded him that US actions like the strikes against Syria on April 7 are at variance with this task".
It's suspected that sarin gas was used in an attack on a northern Syrian town at the start of April. "Russian Federation now has a lot to prove", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.
"One side inevitably would have to make big sacrifices inconsistent with some of its policy interests, but Trump and Vladimir Putin are two.assertive personalities who instinctively preserve their powerful images".