Russian Federation tells U.S. 'it's ready to normalise dialogue'

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US and Russia chief diplomats show 'readiness' to talk despite escalating tensions

Trump's administration has argued there's good reason for the U.S.to seek a more productive relationship.

Tillerson added that while the Russian hack of the U.S. He says that's to avoid the perception the U.S.is trying to cut a side deal that would undermine any group's interests. Speaking to reporters after the bilateral talks with Lavrov, Çavuşoğlu said they discussed the ongoing Syrian conflict, the Astana talks, visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to Russian Federation, and economic ties, especially the possible lifting of a ban on export of Turkish tomatoes to Russian Federation.

A person close to an influential Russian ministry who often attends government meetings said he barely paid any attention to the fact U.S.

Lavrov said Russian Federation and the USA had agreed to resume a suspended high-level diplomatic channel and Washington would send its Ukraine envoy to Moscow for negotiations.

Tillerson spoke to reporters during a visit to the Philippines.

Tillerson and Lavrov met in the Philippine capital Manila on the sidelines of an Asian regional gathering. Tillerson said Washington would respond by September 1.

Russian Federation said recently it was forcing the U.S.to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russian Federation by 755 people.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said it would seize two US diplomatic properties - cottages just outside Moscow's city center and a warehouse facility in the capital. Already in August 2016, Turkey launched a ground offensive into northern Syria to push back Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants and prevent the YPG forces linking up their different zones of control.

"There's been no belligerence", he said of his dealings with Lavrov.

Speaking before the US and Russian leaders met at a summit last month, the official said Trump had spoken in positive terms about Putin, but even though Trump leads the world's most powerful nation, his hands were tied by the people around him.

"I heard that North Korean foreign minister made a very tough statement on behalf of his country rejecting the UN Security Council resolution and calling it unjust", Lavrov said.

Lavrov " who met with Tillerson in the Philippines on Sunday " says he explained how Russian Federation will carry out its response.

There has been some confusion regarding the cuts as the U.S. is believed to have far fewer than 755 American employees working in the country.

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

Tillerson and Lavrov agreed in principle in April to resume so-called strategic stability talks on disputes ranging from nuclear arms and missile defense to conventional military deployments in Europe. 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.

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Russia has welcomed the increased cooperation, with Lavrov telling Russian media Sunday, "There's no alternative to that", according to Reuters. "The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way", he tweeted.

The Russian foreign minister Lavrov takes part in the summit in the Philippines, the ASEAN meetings showed that Russia is still ready to cooperate with the United States despite the wave of new sanctions being readied approved by Congress.

Sales of oil, natural gas, and other raw materials around the world are primarily conducted in USA dollars, and the sanctions hit particularly hard at Russia's energy sector.

Russia's move to order a 755-person reduction of USA embassy and consulate staff was itself a retaliatory step, retribution for sanctions legislation passed last month by Congress that targets the Russian government, along with the governments of Iran and North Korea.

The two held talks on Sunday on the sidelines of an Asian regional gathering in the Philippines, and as investigations into Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election push ahead. More than an hour later, Tillerson emerged from the meeting and boarded his motorcade without commenting.

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