Russian President Vladimir Putin has said relations with the US have worsened since President Donald Trump took office in January.
He told Russian TV that trust between the two countries had particularly deteriorated on the military level. The remarks were released as Russia’s Foreign Minister met his US counterpart in Moscow, amid rising tension over a suspected chemical attack in Syria.
The US has been urging Russia to end its support for the Syrian Government. But Russia has denounced US air strikes on a Syrian airbase, launched last week in response to the government’s attack on a rebel area in Idlib province. Asked about accusations that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons, Mr Putin reaffirmed that Syria had given up its chemical stockpile.