United States and Russian Federation chief diplomats show 'readiness' to talk despite escalating tensions

Aug 10, 2017, 00:16
United States and Russian Federation chief diplomats show 'readiness' to talk despite escalating tensions

Tillerson made the comments in a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov saying he sees Moscow's relations pragmatically and believed problems could be addressed.

As Russian Foreign Ministry reports, during their meeting Lavrov and Tillerson discussed the situation concerning Russian-US relations, with Mr Lavrov noting that the US decision to impose new sanctions on Russia is the latest in a series of unfriendly steps that could jeopardise global stability and deals a powerful blow to prospects for bilateral cooperation.

The United States and Russian Federation are feuding, expelling diplomats in what Washington calls a new post-cold war low.

"We felt the readiness of our USA colleagues to continue dialogue".

While Russia lashes out against the United States, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has adopted a subdued tone on bilateral relations, saying on Monday that Washington wouldn't sever ties with Moscow after the mass expulsion of US diplomatic staff, and stressing that the two countries need to find ways to work together.

"I don't think it is useful to just cut everything off on one single issue", Tillerson said following his first meeting with Lavrov since the new sanctions were imposed.

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He asked Lavrov "several clarifying questions" about Moscow's retaliatory moves and warned his Russian counterpart that the USA would respond to these actions by September 1, according to RFE/RL. Tillerson says he and the South Korean diplomat plan to discuss the sanctions during their meeting, along with next steps to pressure the North.

Specifically, the intel community found that Russian President Vladimir Putin "ordered an "influence campaign" targeting the us election, with goals that included undermining trust in the USA electoral process, denigrating Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and helping Trump". The House of the Representatives and the US Congress legislated the sanctions law which was signed by President Donald Trump. The Russian Foreign Ministry also said it would seize two US diplomatic properties - cottages just outside Moscow's city center and a warehouse facility in the capital. A U.S. Justice Department investigation is moving ahead into Russia's election interference and potential Trump campaign collusion.

We regret the imposition by the U.S. Congress of a new package of sanctions and the increase in attacks on Moscow over the past few months. Lavrov announced that Tillerson's special envoy for Ukraine negotiations, former ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, will travel to Russian Federation soon to discuss the conflict. The U.S. cut military ties to Russia over Moscow's annexation of Crimea and accuses the Kremlin of fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine by arming, supporting and even directing pro-Russian separatists there who are fighting the Kiev government.

Later on Monday, North Korea's Ri Yong Ho said Pyongyang is not open to negotiations on its nuclear and missile program, unless Washington agrees to give up its "hostile policy".