Tillerson Holds 'Lengthy' Post-Sanctions Talks with Russian Foreign Minister

Marsha Scott
August 9, 2017

The meeting was their first since President Donald Trump reluctantly signed into law the sanctions that Russian Federation said amounted to a full-scale trade war and ended hopes for better ties.

"I see no conflict - no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation and our views of the human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counter narcotics activities", Tillerson told reporters before the meeting.

Yesterday, Tillerson held separate talks in Manila with foreign ministers Wang Yi of China and Sergei Lavrov of Russian Federation, both of whom he said were in support of a tough stance on Pyongyang's arsenal. "We will certainly continue dialogue with our North Korean neighbors", the foreign minister said.

"We see statements reflecting the sentiments of a large part of the European population, especially those who are more interested in normal relations with Russian Federation, including the economic ones", Ryabkov said.

Lavrov said. The Russian diplomat added that Russia also appreciates the worldwide community's solidarity with the actions of the Putin's government to combat terrorism.

Duterte has been roundly criticized for a bloody war on illegal drugs that has left thousands of suspects dead. "We will work to minimize the damage from what has been done", the senior Russian diplomat added.

Trump has played down the allegations, but the ongoing controversy cast a pall over already tense ties, which most recently saw President Vladimir Putin order the U.S. diplomatic mission in Moscow cut 755 personnel.

Lavrov cited upcoming talks involving Russia, Iran and Turkey about how to ensure the truce in the last safe zone to be established, around the north-western city of Idlib.

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Russian Federation also closed a US recreational retreat on the outskirts of Moscow.

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 Trump administration named Volker to the position in July.

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. "At the same time, we are ready to normalize our dialogue if Washington pulls back from confrontation", the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump grudgingly signed what he called a "seriously flawed" package of sanctions against Russian Federation.

If the two leaders discussed those or other US concerns about Duterte's government, they didn't do so in public.

This was in response to the North conducting two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month that Kim boasted showed he could strike any part of the United States. This painful problem must go through together only, concluded Mr Lavrov. "Other current worldwide matters, including the internal conflict in Ukraine, were also discussed", the Ministry wrote.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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