Secretary of state says U.S. wants to work with Russian Federation

Tillerson and Lavrov met Sunday on the sidelines of the Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum in the Philippines - their first meeting since President Trump last week reluctantly signed the bill he called "seriously flawed" that imposes new penalties on Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 presidential election and for annexing Crimea.

"We will not turn off the already chosen path of strengthening the nuclear power of the state", the statement said.

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.

Two-way trade between the United States and Russian Federation totaled $38.1 billion in 2013 before sanctions were imposed, and fell to $20.3 billion in 2014, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's office.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told Russia's top diplomat that Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 USA election "created serious mistrust" between the U.S. and Russian Federation.

"We felt the readiness of our USA colleagues to continue dialogue".

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"We are confident that there is no alternative to the resumption of political process, particularly the six-party talks", the Kremlin-funded news agency TASS reported Lavrov as having said. Additionally, the new law will punish individuals for investing more than $5 million a year or $1 million at a time in Russian energy export pipeline projects or providing such enterprises with services, technology or information support, a provision that has drawn strong condemnation from Washington's European allies.

Russia, more than many other countries, has a vested interest in an effective US presidential administration that can deliver on Trump's campaign promises. Russian Federation will also seize USA diplomatic compounds, as a further indication of their anger towards the new sanctions. Let's try to work together.

Speaking Monday, Tillerson said he discussed the pending removal of consular staff with Lavrov: "I told the foreign minister we had not made a decision regarding how we will respond to Russia's request to remove United States diplomatic personnel".

According to Ryabkov, the United States president's domestic policy continues to be attractive for a considerable part of Americans. And the two countries continue to discuss expanding their limited cease-fire with Jordan in Syria's southwest corner, weeks after it was implemented and which has seen few violations.

"The best signal that North Korea could send that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches", he said, holding out the prospect of USA envoys sitting down with Pyongyang's isolated regime. 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. Other issues discussed included the situation on the Korean Peninsula following the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2371 on August 5. "It is regrettable that the law on sanctions against Russian Federation has come into effect in the United States".

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