After sanctions, Tillerson may find Russian Federation talks an uphill climb

After sanctions, Tillerson may find Russian Federation talks an uphill climb

After sanctions, Tillerson may find Russian Federation talks an uphill climb

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that Washington will respond by September 1 to Russia's move to force a major reduction in American diplomatic staff, a move that echoed former President Barack Obama's action to kick out Russian diplomats for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 American election.

Russian top diplomat Sergei Lavrov assured his counterpart, Rex Tillerson, that Moscow is still ready to work with Washington.

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Numerous congressional probes are underway, while Special Counsel Robert Mueller has opened a grand jury investigation into whether Trump campaign aides illegally colluded with Russian interests on Trump's behalf in the election and whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, who was leading the agency's Russia probe before Mueller took over.

Calling it "the harshest such diplomatic move since a similar rupture in 1986", The New York Times reports "Putin said Russian Federation had run out of patience waiting for relations with the United States to improve".

Wang said all should "prevent escalating tensions on the peninsula", and recommended China's "double suspension" initiative, which according to Beijing, could arrange a North Korea nuclear freeze in exchange for a suspension in joint U.S.

"I don't think it is useful to just cut everything off on one single issue", he added in reference to the election hack.

Tillerson said that intervention has led to "serious mistrust" between the two sides.

Russian Federation has repeatedly rejected allegations that it interfered in the U.S. election while Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow.

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Lavrov said the first thing Tillerson wanted to discuss was the sanctions.

Europe can hardly act independently when it comes to relations with Russia, while U.S. policy is reminiscent of the worst legacy of the previous administration, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.

Lavrov reiterated that Moscow and Beijing had agreed to promote Russia's proposal - which aims to gradually restore trust and create "proper conditions" to restart six-party talks - in their "practical activities". "Naturally, such actions [the U.S. sanctions], including the illegal seizure of our diplomatic property since December previous year, could not be left unanswered".

The Trump administration named Volker to the position in July.

Still, the Kremlin and the White House will try to move past the hurdles to work together on Syria and Ukraine.

By contrast, U.S. trade with the European Union totaled over $3.6 trillion in 2014, and trade with China was almost $687 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. "Unsurprisingly, Russia can not simply ignore action of this kind, including the unlawful seizure of Russian diplomatic property since December past year".

He said he met Mr Lavrov to "help them understand how serious this incident had been and how seriously it damaged the relationship".

"The contacts between our representatives are also conducted in this area, including over the development of the agreement, reached by Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan on the creation of the southern de-escalation zone in Syria".

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