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Tillerson says Russian Federation willing to discuss Ukraine

09 August 2017

Lavrov met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at an worldwide gathering in Manila, in the Philippines, with Lavrov claiming that Russia's retaliation to the sanctions being a topic of conversation between the two.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks on Sunday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as their two countries dealt with diplomatic tensions that erupted with the claims of Moscow meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

Both Tillerson and Lavrov said there were signs of improved engagement between the two countries on Syria, Ukraine and North Korea.

On August 2, US President Donald Trump signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" that effectively imposes new sanctions against North Korea, Iran and Russian Federation. A few days back, United States President Donald Trump had said that his country's relationship with Russian Federation is at all time "dangerously low".

As we discussed previously, as part of the latest set of Russian sanctions the U.S. 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.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that they are ready to normalise talks only if the US gives up the confrontational line.

Rex Tillerson said Russia's actions had damaged the relationship, but added it's not "useful to just cut everything off over one single issue", BBC reported.

Tillerson says he told Lavrov that the USA still hasn't decided how it will respond. But between Trump's praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his skepticism of the USA intelligence community's finding that Russia interfered in the US election, the Republican-controlled Congress took extraordinary measures to curtail the power of a president from their own party.

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Earlier Sergei Ryabkov said that it is important for Russian Federation to create a working economic system that would be less dependent on the USA dollar and on the U.S. financial system as a whole.

A cease-fire brokered by the US and Russian Federation in southwest Syria has shown how the countries could work together.

Yet Russia continues to dismiss any suggestion it interfered in the United States election.

The Trump administration named Volker to the position in July.

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.

Last month, the sides agreed to "exchange scheduling proposals in the near future" for that dialogue and for talks on extending New START, a 2010 accord that requires them to cut deployed strategic nuclear forces to 1,550 warheads and 700 delivery systems by Feb 5 2018.

Lavrov told reporters that despite strained relations with Washington, his country was ready for more engagement with the U.S. on North Korea, Syria, Ukraine and other pressing matters.

"These discussions are all aimed at strengthening the old friendship between the two countries", the state-run news-wire service quoted DFA's official statement. Mr Lavrov reiterated the need to respect in full Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the provisions of the UN Security Council resolutions that lay the foundations for advancing the political process.

Tillerson says Russian Federation willing to discuss Ukraine