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U.S. expresses willingness to cooperate with Russian Federation

10 August 2017

More than one week after President Vladimir Putin announced he will expel 755 us diplomats and workers and confiscate two State Dept. properties in Russia, President Donald Trump has not even acknowledged the attack on America and its emissaries. Lavrov said Moscow is ready for normalized relations if the United States "pulls back from confrontation".

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. Other issues discussed included the situation on the Korean Peninsula following the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2371 on August 5.

The two top diplomats also discussed North Korea's continuing military provocations and defense issues including Syria, leading Lavrov to say he was encouraged that the former Cold War foes would try to keep talking.

"We should have places we can work together". In order to rein in the administration, Congress included a provision blocking Trump from unilaterally lifting sanctions against Moscow in its recent sanctions bill.

Rex Tillerson said Russia's actions had damaged the relationship, but added it's not "useful to just cut everything off over one single issue", BBC reported.

The new sanctions law ties Trump's hands by forbidding his ability to change sanctions without Congressional approval amid concerns the Trump administration was cozying up to Russian Federation despite its efforts to undermine Western democracies. Trump and Tillerson opposed the legislation, but facing a likely veto override, Trump begrudgingly signed the bill.

In retaliation, Moscow has ordered Washington to cut 755 of its 1,200 embassy and consulate staff in Russian Federation and is seizing two us diplomatic properties there.

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Ryabkov asserted that US legislators would have balked at such stiff penalties if they had hurt more American businesses doing trade with Russian Federation.

The paper will be made public during the East Asia Summit, scheduled to be held in November in the Philippines' capital of Manila, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.

"We will certainly continue dialogue with our North Korean neighbors", the foreign minister said. "There's no alternative to that". Tillerson has cited modest signs of progress in Syria, where the United States and Russian Federation recently brokered a cease-fire in the war-torn country's southwest, as a sign there's fertile ground for cooperation.

The Syrian cease-fire reflected a return of U.S. -Russia cooperation to lower violence there.

The memorandum on the establishment of four de-escalation zones in Syria was signed in Astana in May, with Russia, Iran and Turkey acting as the guarantors of the ceasefire regime.

Once again, it feels like there is no uniform US foreign policy.

Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential elections "seriously" damaged relations between the two countries, Tillerson said, but he signaled his readiness to work with Russian Federation.

U.S. expresses willingness to cooperate with Russian Federation