Russia stepped up its rhetoric against the Trump administration in the wake of its missile attack on Syria, calling it "primitive" and "inconsistent."
This came as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Moscow on Wednesday, with the top U.S. diplomat receiving a barrage of criticism from Russian officials. Ahead of a meeting with Tillerson, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he wanted to know what the real intentions of the U.S. administration are, following last week's attack on Syria in response to a deadly chemical attack in a rebel-held area.
Lavrov the U.S. must not conduct more military strikes on Russian-backed Syria, according to Reuters. He said last week's action violated the law.
Lavrov also said Russia has lots of questions about the "ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas coming from the U.S. administration, according to The Associated Press. The news agency also described how Russia's top diplomat subtly mocked Tillerson for the fact that his top State Department roles are currently unfilled.
But some of the harshest comments came from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. Going one step further than Lavrov, he said: "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," Russia's state-owned RIA news agency reported.