Tillerson: Russian election meddling 'seriously' harmed relations with US

Rex Tillerson
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09 August, 2017

Lavrov said he explained to Tillerson how Moscow would carry out the sharp cuts in the US diplomatic missions, but did not publicly disclose any details.

On Thursday, Trump reluctantly signed into law sanctions that target the Russian energy sector and place new limits on USA investment in Russian companies. President Donald Trump, accused by critics of being too cozy with Russian Federation, signed the bill last week despite what he described in a signing statement as the bill's Constitutional flaws.

Rex Tillerson, the U.S. Secretary of State has offered to settle the now frosty relationship between America and Russian Federation even as he noted that it is needles for both countries to cut ties over disagreements. 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.

"We are confident that there is no alternative to the resumption of political process, particularly the six-party talks", Lavrov said. She says they discussed North Korea and Tillerson's trip to the Philippines for a regional Asia gathering.

Heightened tension is also tied to a USA investigation into links between members of Trump's campaign team and Russian officials.

Tillerson's visit also comes just weeks after the US House of Representatives' human rights commission held a hearing on alleged murders as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

"We should have places we can work together".

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The secretary said he had tried to emphasize "just how serious this incident had been and how seriously it had damaged the relationship" between the countries, broadcaster ABS-CBN reported.

Ryabkov expressed doubt that significant US-EU differences on the issue of anti-Russia sanctions were possible, adding that he did not believe in Europe's independence.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met this weekend, both eager to try to make some progress on the ever-worsening bilateral relations.

Russian Federation also closed a USA recreational retreat on the outskirts of Moscow. Ryabkov said that he was disappointed in the behavior and policy of the administration of President Donald Trump, which follows the worst line of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and intensifies stances that affected bilateral ties previously.

To date, more than 13.9 million Mir cards have been issued in Russia, to roughly 10 percent of the country's population, according to the Russian National System of Payment Cards.

Tillerson added that while the Russian hack of the U.S.

"Lavrov urged all parties involved to show maximum restraint in order to avoid the implementation of negative military scenarios on the Korean Peninsula and immediately start looking for a politico-diplomatic settlement through a comprehensive solution of the problems of the peninsula, including its denuclearisation", the ministry said.


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