Meeting with Tillerson leaves Lavrov feeling United States willing to continue dialogue

Meeting with Tillerson leaves Lavrov feeling United States willing to continue dialogue

He said US diplomat Kurt Volker would meet with Russia's envoy for the Ukraine crisis, Vladislav Surkov.

"It was a positive meeting", he said, adding that he would later also meet the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Sunday evening during the summit.

"We welcome the opportunity to address their concerns and correct the perceptions they may have gleaned from exaggerated media reports", the DFA said. He said the USA and Russian Federation have deep differences, but that it's not a good idea to "just cut everything off on one single issue".

Thornton says the USA wants to ensure that with the new sanctions, there's "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".

He asked Lavrov "several clarifying questions" about Moscow's retaliatory moves and warned his Russian counterpart that the US would respond to these actions by September 1, according to RFE/RL.

Tillerson spoke to reporters during a visit to the Philippines. Brett McGurk, the US special envoy for the coalition against ISIL, said the SDF had cleared about 45 percent of Raqqa since launching an attack in early June to seize ISIL's stronghold in northern Syria.

At the same time, it would be hard to ease the sanctions as it would require the approval of both houses of Congress, Rybakov said, citing the current anti-Russian sentiments of the American establishment.

Russian Federation is anticipating difficulties in ensuring a cease-fire in the last of the four safe zones in Syria.

Lavrov said he believes that the United States is still ready to continue dialogue with Moscow on complex issues despite bilateral tensions.

The memorandum on the establishment of four de-escalation zones in Syria was signed in Astana in May, with Russia, Iran and Turkey acting as the guarantors of the ceasefire regime.

Economists say the sanctions have dealt a serious blow to Russia's economy since 2014, at first helping to plunge it into a deep recession and then holding back growth, despite a weak recovery from recession that began at the end of past year. Turkey supports rebels fighting Syrian government forces. He predicted "it will be difficult" to hammer out the details but that compromise can be reached if all parties - including the US - use their influence in Syria to persuade armed groups there to comply.

To smooth over relations with Putin, Tillerson has held off on using almost $80 million available to the State Department to fight Russian disinformation campaigns.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he has told his Russian counterpart that Moscow's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election created "serious mistrust" between the two countries. "The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way", he tweeted. But Lavrov isn't giving out details.

Moscow vehemently denies any efforts to influence the U.S. election, and retaliatory sanctions passed by Congress last month - against President Trump's wishes - have sparked a tit-for-tat.

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.

US Congress and a special prosecutor are investigating allegations that Russians managed to tip the results of the historic vote a year ago in US President Donald Trump's favour.

USA secretary of state is scheduled to visit the region next week to push for downgrading of diplomatic engagements and exchanges with North Korea. According to Andrew Weiss, an analyst at Carnegie Endowment, Russia's anger at the ongoing Russia probe on last year's United States election has been worsened by the new sanctions. Volker will meet with Vladislav Surkov, the Russian envoy for the Ukraine crisis.

Russia itself has closed this channel on June 21 in response to the expansion of anti-Russian sanctions.

President Trump signed into law a bill imposing new economic sanctions on Russian Federation last Wednesday, saying the law contains "clearly unconstitutional provisions".

Noting that he has met with ASEAN officials three times in the last six months, with the third one during Sunday's ASEAN-US Ministerial Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Tillerson said: "I think, it is indicative of the importance that the United States pays and places upon this relationship with ASEAN".



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