The U.S. sanctions bill and Russia's retaliation appear to have worsened already poor bilateral relations, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Moscow still sees room for engagement on several issues of mutual concern, reports the Associated Press. The Trump administration's top US diplomat said he told Lavrov that "meddling in the elections is certainly a serious incident" during a bilateral meeting between the two Sunday.
Rex Tillerson, the U.S. Secretary of State has offered to settle the now frosty relationship between America and Russian Federation even as he noted that it is needles for both countries to cut ties over disagreements.
Mr Tillerson's comments to Sergei Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister, come after Donald Trump has repeatedly declined to categorically say that Russia meddled in last year's presidential race, contradicting the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies.
"This will be in this way from now on".
The statement warned "Russia will respond accordingly in the future", though it added Moscow is ready to fix ties "if Washington abandons its confrontational line". "I think there's no alternative to that", Lavrov said after what he said was a lengthy meeting with Tillerson.
Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov agreed Monday to craft specific projects for joint economic activities on Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido, a government official said.
"The other is to call for the resumption of the six-party talks, emphasizing the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue by diplomatic and political means so as to avoid further escalation of the tension", Wang said, in a statement released by the Chinese foreign ministry.
He also expects to have discussions on additional topics concerning "threats to all of us and our common response to that" as well as "opportunities that exist among all of those to strengthen relationships". The sanctions targeted Russia's energy sector, with new limits on US investment in Russian companies. "The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way", he tweeted.
It went on to say that the sanctions have " become another link in the chain of steps unfriendly and unsafe for worldwide stability, striking a powerful blow to the prospects for bilateral cooperation.
Still, a US Justice Department investigation is moving ahead into Russia's election interference and potential Trump campaign collusion.
The new USA financial penalties come in response to Russia's military actions in Ukraine, where it is supporting armed separatists, and its meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
"The contacts between our representatives are also conducted in this area, including over the development of the agreement, reached by Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan on the creation of the southern de-escalation zone in Syria".