Putin Warns "Trust Between US And Russia Has Collapsed Under Trump" As Tillerson Gets Frigid Reception

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Trust between Russia and the US has collapsed under the Trump administration, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Wednesday, as Moscow delivered an unusually frigid if not hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria, shortly after Putin said the recent chemical attack was a staged "false flag" and predicted that more are coming, while at the same time the US accused Russia of a gas attack "cover up."

In an interview on Wednesday, Putin said that if Donald Trump had intended to bring about a thaw in US relations with Russia, he has failed to see this intention through.

"One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved but has rather deteriorated," Putin said in an interview broadcast on Russian television moments after Tillerson sat down with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an ornate hall. Putin doubled down on Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, repeating denials that Assad's government was to blame for the gas attack last week and adding a new theory that the attack may have been faked by Assad's enemies.

Moments earlier, Lavrov greeted Tillerson with unusually icy remarks, denouncing the missile strike on Syria as illegal and accusing Washington of behaving unpredictably.

Quoted by Reuters, Lavrod said that "I won’t hide the fact that we have a lot of questions, taking into account the extremely ambiguous and sometimes contradictory ideas which have been expressed in Washington across the whole spectrum of bilateral and multilateral affairs. And of course, that’s not to mention that apart from the statements, we observed very recently the extremely worrying actions, when an illegal attack against Syria was undertaken."

Lavrov also noted that many key State Department posts remain vacant since the new administration took office - a point of sensitivity in Washington.

Just as Tillerson sat down for talks, a senior Russian official assailed the "primitiveness and loutishness" of U.S. rhetoric, part of a volley of statements that appeared timed to maximize the awkwardness during the first visit by a member of Trump's cabinet.

"In general, primitiveness and loutishness are very characteristic of the current rhetoric coming out of Washington. We'll hope that this doesn't become the substance of American policy," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia's state-owned RIA news agency."As a whole, the administration's stance with regards to Syria remains a mystery. Inconsistency is what comes to mind first of all."

Tillerson kept to more calibrated remarks, saying his aim was "to further clarify areas of sharp difference so that we can better understand why these differences exist and what the prospects for narrowing those differences may be." "I look forward to a very open, candid, frank exchange so that we can better define the U.S.-Russian relationship from this point forward," he told Lavrov.

After journalists were ushered out of the room, Lavrov's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, wrote on her Facebook page that U.S. journalists traveling with Tillerson had behaved as if they were in a "bazaar" by shouting questions to Lavrov. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tillerson might meet Putin later on Wednesday if the two top diplomats decided it would be useful to brief the Russian president on their talks. But Peskov too did not hold back his criticism, saying calls from Western powers for Russia to cut support for Assad amounted to giving terrorists a free hand.

Moscow's hostility to Trump administration figures is a sharp change from last year, when Putin hailed Trump as a strong figure and Russian state television was consistently full of effusive praise for him. Trump’s repeated claims that he could mend relations between Washington and Moscow has fueled accusations that he secretly colluded with Russia to win the US presidential election last year. His administration is currently under a congressional investigation over alleged ties with Russia.

Some have even gone so far to suggest that Trump's entire Syria operation has been staged - in cooperation with Russia - to deflect attention from his proximity toward Russia, making it appear that he and Putin remain foes. Judging by the complete disappearance of stories involving Trump being manipulated by Russia over the past week, if indeed this was the strategy, it has succeeded.

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Meanwhile, Moscow has has stood by Assad, defying western demands to cut loose with the Syrian leader, saying the poison gas belonged to rebels, an explanation Washington dismisses as beyond credible. Putin said that either gas belonging to the rebels was released when it was hit by a Syrian strike on a rebel arms dump, or the rebels faked the incident to discredit Assad.

Tillerson traveled to Moscow with a joint message from Western powers that Russia should withdraw its support for Assad after a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized economies also attended by Middle East allies.

Overnight, in an interview with the Fox Business Network, Trump said he was not planning to order U.S. forces into Syria, but that he had to respond to the images of dead children poisoned in the gas attack.  "We’re not going into Syria," he said in excerpts of the interview on the station's website. "But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons ... and see these beautiful kids that are dead in their father's arms, or you see kids gasping for life ... when you see that, I immediately called (Defense Secretary) General Mattis."

Putin and Trump are yet to meet face to face to discuss the tensions between Russia and the US. A meeting of the two leaders has not been scheduled so far, even though Moscow has indicated it is willing.

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Giant Meteor's picture

Well I should say so eh ?

".... primitiveness and loutishness are very characteristic ..." 

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Trump will have more flexibility after the next election........transmit that to Vladimir.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Shut up Putin, you asked for it when you sailed that ship through the English Channel and oppressed the LGBTQ+ community. Now you’re going to feel our wrath, as we march into nuclear war, led by our greatest ally in the whole world ISRAEL! I support ISRAEL 1000% in ANYTHING they want to do, because they are literally the ONLY democracy in the Middle East! Unless we want another holocaust to happen, we need to support our greatest ally in all of their endeavors.

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Dame Ednas Possum's picture

< believe Putin and Russia

< believe Trump and USA. 

Who's the honest broker w.r.t Syria?  (and most everything else)

StackShinyStuff's picture

I'll go with Option C.  Believe Neither.

BLOTTO's picture

They are all bullshitting us on the illumanti controlled MSM.
Our life is one giant cosmic lie.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Donald send three redheads, two brunettes, and four blondes ... n you've gotta deal

CuttingEdge's picture

Kinda ironic that those with more than two functioning brain cells now see Vlad Putin as leader of the free world, given the overwhelming evidence in the public domain about this "gas attack" makes Trump and President Kushner look fucking ridiculous.

Max Hunter's picture

What scares me is that these do not seem like foolish moves but desperate ones.. This is lost on far too many people. 

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

overwhelming evidence in the public domain about this "gas attack"

Not so fast there quick draw.  Starting to see more and more people backing off on that.

Giant Meteor's picture

Indeed, desperation. I believe the memo was received and internalized fairly well. The US and it's friendlies are in a world of shit. Recently you have Janet Yellen claiming, well I think we've done a fair job .. 

I mean what do you do with that level of hubris? Walk it back some?

Hell, it's all in now ..

Reminds me of, "I believe the fundementals of the e con o me are strong!" - just prior to the (near) collapse of the global financial system, a.k.a Ponzi scheme ..

Sabre rattling is what they've got. All other bubbles are near as I can figure, fairly much played out. Sure, you've got some things hangin on by threads of bullshit, but at the end of the day, as somehere recently pointed out, bloviation, lies, and manufactured statistics only goes so far. I mean hell, just ask the Russians ...

When Fareed Zacharia starts singing the praises of DJT's reversal, one can automatically assume the George Sorros playbook in effect, and I don't believe there is going to be any major cooperation, by the other parties involved ..

Once again, look at the "news" leading up to these latest events. Look what has been pushed out of the headlines. There is the answer .. and as I have mentioned previously, the don, has had prior "business experience" with the Sorros ..

While one cannot be certain at all regarding any "outcomes" presently, one can clearly see the road that brought the US to this point.

I might add, it ain't a pretty picture ...


Idaho potato head's picture

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse there was Clinton, then Bush, then obama, ..........We are living in a soul destroying embarrasment of a lie that won't go away.

Buck Johnson's picture

Exactly, desperate.  What is the push for this when it could have waited or been alot smaller of an attack.



Occident Mortal's picture

After the direct "I will meet with Putin" approach was met with a political backlash Trump is pacing and leading the wider US population when it comes to relationship with Russia.

07564111's picture

They have no understanding at all of Russian etiquette or protocols. This is why US Diplomacy fails.

fleur de lis's picture

That's one of the many problems with the American press corps.

They are not even aware of their poor decorum, never mind their dearth of historical/cultural/geopolitical knowledge.

They do not know how to cross reference contradictory information, and even if they did they would not dare correct the official story line.

They earn disdain everywhere but get away with it because they have the might of American media behind them.

Nikki Haley landed the top UN diplomatic post and without the slightest hesitation started scolding and mildly threatening the seasoned Russian diplomatic corps about what was a staged false flag.

How obnoxious and rude.

Haley should scold Langley for making he look like an amateur.

Samantha Powers was another one who ran her mouth off at the Russians.

During her speech about the war that was destroying Aleppo she asked the Russians, Syrians, and Iranians if they were "incapable of shame."

She never asked John McCain that after he posed with FSA serial killers, or her DC bosses about the 911 destruction in NYC. 

Another fact averse smartie.

And of course the equally uninformed media failed to notice.

They are all the same and they are getting worse with the passage of time.



nmewn's picture

So how goes the investigation into Susan Rice using the NSA as a DNC political operation...indicted yet?  ;-)

Arnold's picture

The congress critters are currently en vacance to talk to their constituents.

Try to find yours.

I suggest the limited access fund raisers.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Susan Rice using the NSA as a DNC political operation...indicted yet?


Heh heh.......NOPE!


Also.....the Republican Congress hasn't repealed Obamacare yet.....go figure!

nmewn's picture

I just think it's incredible where we're at here...lol.

We've got Guccifer saying he got the emails from "Seth" who was ahem...MURDERED...and a known perjurer in the form of Clapper saying "Nope, no spying on Trump ever happened. I would know!"...then Susan Rice & Farkas admitting it...while the communist Brennan was in charge of the CIA...LMMFAO!!!

I mean The Onion couldn't do a better job of piecing together the reality of it...lol.

MachoMan's picture

We're just monkeys with designer jeans.  One of the few constants we can rely upon is that all of us monkeys are competing against one another, at all times.  That competition can really, really take strange turns.  However, most all those turns have been travelled, the trail has been blazed.  As relevant and important information becomes more and more available to the common man, that competition will get even more strange.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro 

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

All lies! Susan Rice is a DEMOCRAT and a WOMAN OF COLOR. She therefore did nothing wrong!

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Mr.Sono's picture

Mbd you just made my day, to funny.

Arnold's picture

Yes, once or twice a week for MDB is a breath of ___ air.
The atmosphere was pretty foul for a while.

hestroy's picture

Lol! You are really funn joo boy.

DYS's picture

Hear, hear!!

Finally a voice of logic and reason! :)

/s for the noobs

hestroy's picture

Lol! I love when you make an imbecile from yourself, my retarded joo friend. Yes, you have a stinky shit instead of your degenerated joo brain. But some sayanim, other filthy joos already upvoted you so your job here is accomplished.

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

The million dollar zionist moron refers to his master as an ally.Very funny. Do you have bad nigntmare dreams about Iran.

Lyman54's picture

Who gives a flyin fuck about the LGBTQP perverts?

justdues's picture

Back on form with the sarc MDB . PS you miss spelled holohoax

junction's picture

Trump's circus train has derailed from the tracks.  The Trump Circus will not make it to its next stop. The Trump administration is a bunch of crooks who all realize that they have only about 18 months to loot the United States before the Republicans get booted out of Congress.  Their only hope is Pelosi and Company, the equally crooked Democrats who have sold their party down the river.  As a career politician, how did Nancy Pelosi wind up being worth $300 million?    

Pliskin's picture

'As a career politician, how did Nancy Pelosi wind up being worth $300 million?  '

I think you answered your own question there!

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Putin and Trump are now both in the Matrix.  Going to be interesting to see how this gets resolved.  Something tells me it will be a trade deal a few years down the road.

Blankone's picture

Further bitch slapping the "bear" (and Putin).
Putin show of power is to not roll out the full red carpet. Wow, strong message /sark.

When Israel bombed Damascus and made threats of further acts - Putin offered them a free trade agreement.

When Turkey shot down Putin's jet - Putin offered a pipeline deal.

Will the Russia public lose their high opinion of Putin after his inability to live up to his image? Will they reelect him?

Giant Meteor's picture

Well I suppose so, but I at the very least, find it a bit unsettling that the very first two replys to my "comment" are from ghosts. Now don't get me wrong, I like ghosts, but damn, this may be a sign ,,,,

EhKnowKneeMass's picture

Actually, no! This information came to me directly from Spicer, after he had apologized for the Hitler reference.

This is classic 69 dimension checker game being played by our leader and the bestest president of US of A, Donald Trump. Most of you cannot even wrap your head around what his moves are intended for. With the Venison carrier group headed towards North Korea, he will send the Veal carrier group to Syria. Next, a surprise attack from the Venison carrier group will take out the entire NK's army, navy and air force and force the North Korean midget to surrender. Then the unstoppable US army will knock out the PLA and capture Beijing, forcing China to capitulate.

The Veal carrier group will take out Assad and with NATO's help march towards Moscow from the South. The great US army, just like Hitler and Napoleon, will capture Moscow in a few days, forcing Putin to hand over charge to Trump.

Finally, Trump will declare himself as the supreme leader of the World and peace shall finally descend on this planet and everybody will live happily ever after.

God bless Trump!

Giant Meteor's picture

A lot of good points there. I sure hope it goes quickly. Don't want to get bogged down in China, Korea and Russia in the winter.

gladih8r's picture

Let's not leave Iran off the menu either.  And possibly Yemen.  People keep shooting each other in Yemen so clearly we need to spend our money to contribute to that in some way.

Winston Churchill's picture

But the USS Gravy Boat is moored in the Potomac.

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

Not to worry Handbag designer Ivanka and her limp Hitler father have all the bases covered.

Arnold's picture

I see strong posturing for deal making, myself.
Is your O'bama boy back from French Polynesia yet?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



What was he even doing there?


No family.....and all the hotdogs you can eat.

Jein's picture

And what leverage are we using? Mutually assured destruction? No one is buying Trump's bullshit

Arnold's picture

Not that I am an expert , but you certainly have a tunnel vision.

Why negotiate from a hands tied, feet bound position as your butt boys did in the last admin?

Your God threw a lot of Tomahawks with little to show for it.
And Droning weddings and citizens was no display of strength.


Laddie's picture

Putin is a dynamic man, powerful, both in character and physically. He is BRILLIANT, as is Bashar al-Assad, and he is SHREWD. Important qualities in a leader. He is alo a practical man, restrained, wise. Yet there is NO QUESTION that he will DO what he says he will do.
Don't forget he pacified the Chechens, NOBODY had been able to do that previously, NO ONE.

So while Trump and the Tribe are feeling VERY uppity they may find, in the end that they have LOST.
The ADL is calling exposure of Kushner: "ANTI-SEMITISM" so now we know that the TRUTH = ANTI-SEMITISM.

Photo White House, Friday April 7, 2017 Notice that Jared Kushner, close pal of Soros, is sitting at table, Bannon sitting over in the corner near a lamp. A picture IS worth a thousand words!

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The two noted that none of Trump’s other proposed policies appear to be materializing. Dobbs mentioned that John Kelly, the head of DHS, has effectively said that the Wall is a figure of speech.

“I did not know we had elected Jeb Bush President,” said Ann.

"In all times people have accepted words for acts."
-Protocol 5
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Soros backed Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in real estate venture with $259 MILLION:
George Soros was the man who provided Cadre with a $259 million line of credit. “Soros has had a long and productive relationship with the Kushner family.”

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JesusUp's picture

Yael is also a magician, she pulled Bush from papa's trou