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.
Russian Federation has furiously denied reports, endorsed by United States intelligence agencies, that it attempted to swing last year's USA presidential in favour of the eventual victor, President Donald Trump. It's unclear how many of those in the US diplomatic staff in Russian Federation are Americans.
The DFA also understood that it is the American government's duty to talk about human rights, not only with the Philippines but with the rest of the world, it said.
Russian Federation is reportedly working to cut back its dependence on USA payment systems and the use of the American dollar as a settling currency, signaling the Kremlin is taking further retaliatory measures in response to new US sanctions.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the USA sanctions as a "full-fledged economic war" on Moscow and said that Washington has crushed hopes for repairing the estranged ties.
But on Monday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S.is ready to talk. During his January confirmation hearing Tillerson blasted the "absence of American leadership", i.e., President Barack Obama's policies toward Russian Federation.
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".
Tillerson emerged from the meeting an hour after it started without taking questions or giving remarks to reporters. "Naturally, such actions [the USA sanctions], including the illegal seizure of our diplomatic property since December a year ago, could not be left unanswered. Still a lot to do".
The Trump administration has attempted to salvage what it can of the relationship.
Moscow has consistently maintained that it did not interfere in last year's U.S. general election, rebutting claims by multiple American intelligence agencies.
However, he cited a finding by the Centre for American Progress, a policy institute, that Trump lost more support in largely Muslim Malaysia when he tried to bar followers of Islam elsewhere from entering the US. The US estimate of a Thai trade surplus of $18.9 billion put it in 11th place on US President Donald Trump's list of countries to be investigated.
The White House says the two leaders spoke by phone Sunday night to discuss the North's recent launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The expulsion and seizures are in part a delayed reaction to events in December 2016, when, in the final days of the Barack Obama administration, the United States seized two Russian diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland following revelations the Russian government meddled in the US presidential elections. Those sanctions expelled 35 Russian diplomats and seized two properties used for spying.
Moscow did not respond at that time in a bid to achieve better relations with Washington under Trump. Other issues discussed included the situation on the Korean Peninsula following the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2371 on August 5. "There's no alternative to that", Lavrov said. Both emerged from the meeting with cautious flickers of optimism that U.S. -Russia relations might be improved.