As Tillerson was carrying a message from world powers to Moscow denouncing Russian support for Syrian regime leader Assad, the White House released a report accusing Russia of trying to shield Syria's regime from blame for last week's deadly gas attack.
"We have not seen a single fact, or even a hint of facts", he said. He also said that Putin had agreed to reactivate a U.S.
Lavrov protested that Russian Federation was the victim of "very slanderous attacks", and added: "I have to say once again ... no one has shown us a single fact".
"This is obviously the subject where our views differ", Lavrov retorted, adding, "Russia is not seeking to cover up for anyone in the chemical weapon incident", he added.
It's hard to imagine how Russian Federation and the USA could agree on Syria after President Donald Trump called Assad "an animal" over the deadly chemical attack, while Moscow has insisted on the Syrian leader's innocence.
In an interview with Fox News aired Wednesday, Trump said he broke the news of the USA missile strike on Syria during a dinner with Xi and that the Chinese leader "was OK with it" because it was in response to the use of "gases" and victims had included young children and babies.
Tillerson held a two hour meeting with Vladimir Putin in an attempt to persuade the Russian president to end his support for Bashar al-Assad following the chemical weapons attack on April 4.More news: Patriots reportedly sign CB Malcolm Butler to restricted free agent tender
"I said it was obsolete", Trump said.
France, the United Kingdom and the USA introduced the resolution in response to the suspected sarin attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, which killed more than 80 people, including women and children. -Russian disagreements over the chemical attack that left more than 80 dead. "The talks turned out to be frank and extensive, we covered the entire range of key issues concerning our bilateral relations and cooperation on the global level", the Russian top diplomat added.
The meeting between Putin and Tillerson wasn't formally confirmed until the last minute, after days of speculation about whether the Russian would refuse to grant the former oil executive an audience. "So, I felt we had to do something about it".
US criminal investigators and members of both congressional intelligence committees are studying last year's Russian hacking into computers at Democratic Party headquarters and the eventual release of emails by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks that were seen as embarrassing Trump's challenger for the presidency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future".
Russia's United Nations envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, stared back at Rycroft and said he "cannot accept that you insult Russian Federation".
President Trump's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley told the Council that "Russia once again has chosen to side with Assad, even as the rest of the world, including the Arab world, overwhelmingly comes together to condemn this murderous regime", pointing out that "If the regime is innocent, as Russian Federation claims, the information requested in this resolution would have vindicated them".
USA relations with the Kremlin have become politically toxic for the White House on the back of claims Putin conspired to get Trump elected. Any expectations of an easy rapport have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing US investigations into Russia's activity connected to the USA presidential election.