Rex Tillerson says Russia's election interference has 'created serious mistrust'

10 August, 2017, 00:18 | Author: Ora Austin
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"Russia does not yield to concessions under pressure and generally does not do anything under orders", Ryabkov said, repeating an assertion by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that the sanctions will only make Russia's economy stronger in the end. "In places we have differences we're going to have to continue to find ways to address those", said Tillerson during press conference following the meeting with the Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov in Manila according to Reuters.

The United States says it will be watching China closely to ensure it fully and continuously implements new U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

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".

Japan's foreign minister said "heated discussions" took place about North Korea's missile tests and South China Sea disputes at a security forum on Monday, and most countries believed United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang should be fully implemented.

He also said Russian Federation and China support for sanctions shows the worldwide community expects them to help North Korea accept realities. Tillerson said Monday they would deliver a response to Moscow by September 1. He predicted "it will be difficult" to hammer out the details but that compromise can be reached if all parties " including the U.S." use their influence in Syria to persuade armed groups there to comply.

-Russian cooperation following Washington's latest sanctions on Russia and Moscow's expulsion of US diplomats.

Tillerson said Russian meddling in the election had "created serious mistrust between our two countries".

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The meeting was the first between the two since the sanctions were signed into law by Trump.

Last week, Mr Trump grudgingly signed a bill punishing Russian Federation for election meddling and making it harder for him to ease sanctions on Vladimir Putin's government.

Asked how the US can support the Philippine government in its fight against ISIS without endorsing human rights abuses in President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown on drugs, Tillerson said there was no conflict. The meeting between the two envoys Sunday also followed Moscow's retaliating over the new sanctions by seizing two American diplomatic properties and ordering a huge cut in the USA diplomatic staff by over 700.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is at an all-time & very risky low".

Russian Federation has repeatedly rejected allegations that it interfered in the United States election while Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow.

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

Heightened tension is also tied to a US investigation into links between members of Trump's campaign team and Russian officials.

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