It is barely four months into President Donald Trump's administration and ties between the U.S. and Russia are deteriorating.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been referred to as President Trump’s allay prior to the election.

This one claim that Hillary Clinton continued to throw at Trump during their debates.

But few months after Trump’s emergence as president, Putin says the levels of trust between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated.

A transcript of an interview released by the Kremlin on Wednesday: Putin said, “One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved, but rather has deteriorated”.

He also dismissed claims that Syria’s government launched a chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, insisting that Damascus had given up its chemical weapons stocks.

He said he believed there are two main explanations for the incident in Idlib province: that Syrian government air strikes had hit rebel chemical weapons stocks, releasing poisonous gas, or that the incident was a set-up designed to discredit the Syrian government.

Trump’s administration accused Russia of trying to shield Syria’s government from blame for a deadly gas attack.

President Trump, who has faced criticism for lacking a broader strategy to deal with the Syria crisis, insists he has no plans to “go into” the war-torn country.

Senior White House officials, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, said Assad’s government carried out the April 4 sarin nerve gas attack on civilians in Syria’s Idlib province.

87 people, including children, were killed in the attack.

Russia has defended the Syrian leader against U.S. allegations that his forces carried out the attack, saying there was no evidence to support the claim.