( CNN) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that relations with Moscow are at a low point after sessions in Russia that seemed to do little to bridge a intensify diplomatic divide over a chemical assault in Syria.

Relations are “at alowpoint, there is alowlevel of confidence between our two countries, ” Tillerson said at a news conference with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Tillerson and Lavrov spoke to the press after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in an extended showing of US-Russian disagreements over the chemical assault that left more than 80 dead; the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's future; US actions in the Middle East; and Russian participation in the US election.

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