Tillerson to Lavrov: Russian meddling led to mistrust

Laura Christensen
August 10, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gestures before the 10th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting at the sideline of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings in Manila, Philippines, Aug. 6, 2017.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said he believes the usa was ready to continue dialogue with Moscow on a number of issues despite tensions cause by United States sanctions against Russia. It's unclear how many of those in the US diplomatic staff in Russian Federation are Americans.

Mr Tillerson's comments to Sergei Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister, come after Donald Trump has repeatedly declined to categorically say that Russia meddled in last year's presidential race, contradicting the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies.

After Congress approved the sanctions, but prior to Trump signing the bill, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the United States to reduce its diplomatic personnel in Russia by 755.

"I asked several clarifying questions, just to describe the thinking behind that diplomatic note that we received, but I told them we would respond by September 1", he said, referring to Moscow's deadline to shrink the mission.

"We will certainly continue dialogue with our North Korean neighbors", the foreign minister said.

Both sides discussed Russia's countermeasures to USA sanctions.

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The Trump administration is preparing a response to Moscow's demands that the USA drastically cut its diplomatic presence in Russia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Monday.

The sanctions resolution, which China and Russian Federation voted for, was the seventh the Security Council has imposed on North Korea since 2006, when the country carried out its first nuclear test.

As we discussed previously, as part of the latest set of Russian sanctions the USA has imposed new restrictions on the Russian banking and energy sectors: the ban targets already sanctioned Russian firms, limiting the financing period for them to 14 and 60 days. You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!

Tillerson's rhetoric is definitely not in line with that of Trump, who for months has routinely dismissed allegations about Russian interference and collusion as being a "hoax" - which he did once again Monday morning.

Ryabkov asserted that US legislators would have balked at such stiff penalties if they had hurt more American businesses doing trade with Russian Federation.

"The other is to call for the resumption of the six-party talks, emphasizing the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue by diplomatic and political means so as to avoid further escalation of the tension", Wang said, in a statement released by the Chinese foreign ministry.

Word that Volker, the Ukraine envoy, plans to visit the Russian capital was the latest sign that Washington was giving fresh attention to resolving the Ukraine conflict.

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