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USA and Russian Federation chief diplomats show 'readiness' to talk despite escalating tensions

USA and Russian Federation chief diplomats show 'readiness' to talk despite escalating tensions

Moscow responded to congressional sanctions by turfing out 755 American embassy and consulate staff. But there's been confusion because the U.S.is believed to have far fewer than 755 American employees in Russian Federation.

Entering an ornate, wood-paneled hall in the Philippine leader's palace, Tillerson was introduced to members of Duterte's Cabinet, shaking hands with each.

The Russian deputy foreign minister also announced that "it will be hard to overcome it all if both houses of Congress do not take decisions to cancel everything that they have done concerning Russian-US relations". The U.S. has yet to decide on what retaliatory steps it would take, Tillerson said, only that those steps would be taken by September 1. The legislation is aimed at penalizing Moscow for interference in the election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad.

Calling it "the harshest such diplomatic move since a similar rupture in 1986", The New York Times reports "Putin said Russian Federation had run out of patience waiting for relations with the United States to improve".

"We provided an explanation", Lavrov said, referring to Russia's decision to take over a summer-house compound in Moscow leased by the USA embassy and an order a reduction in the US' diplomatic presence in Russian Federation.

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

Russian officials trying to interact with the USA administration on mundane organizational issues say privately the turbulence in the White House causes them headaches because they don't know who to talk to, or can wait weeks for answers to their questions. "There's no alternative to that". After the meeting, the Russian diplomat announced that the Trump administration was sending its new special representative for Ukraine negotiations to Moscow for talks.

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The reason, he said, is that whoever Trump brings into his White House is unlikely to change the course of U.S.

Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed on a plan in May to establish four "de-escalation" zones in Syria, and they pressed the Syrian air force to halt flights over those areas. The channel of communication was initially created to discuss hot spots, but it was suspended after the USA imposed tighter sanctions on Russian Federation. He predicted "it will be difficult" to hammer out the details but that compromise can be reached if all parties - including the US - use their influence in Syria to persuade armed groups there to comply.

"These are two very large countries and we should find places that we can work together, let's try to work together", he said.

Moscow vehemently denies any efforts to influence the USA election, and retaliatory sanctions passed by Congress last month - against President Trump's wishes - have sparked a tit-for-tat.

U.S. intelligence agencies believe the Kremlin tried to help Donald Trump.

"Russia and China hold a common position", Lavrov said, referring to the bilateral talks in Manila. The two top officials discussed the Ukraine situation and several other issues of interest to the two countries.


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