US President Donald Trump has reluctantly signed into law a bill by Congress that imposes new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. It's unclear how many of those in the USA diplomatic staff in Russian Federation are Americans.

"I don't think it is useful to just cut everything off on one single issue", Tillerson said following his first meeting with Lavrov since the new sanctions were imposed.

The White House says President Trump will be meeting with Cabinet secretaries and top aides on issues like health care and taxes while in New Jersey. We regret the imposition by the U.S. Congress of a new package of sanctions and the increase in attacks on Moscow over the past few months.

"I asked several clarifying questions, just to describe the thinking behind that diplomatic note that we received, but I told them we would respond by September 1", he said, referring to Moscow's deadline to shrink the mission.

USA secretary of state is scheduled to visit the region next week to push for downgrading of diplomatic engagements and exchanges with North Korea. Otherwise, Ryabkov warned, the USA will be able keep Russian Federation "on the hook, which is exactly what they (the US) want".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Still a lot to do".

Still, a US Justice Department investigation is moving ahead into Russia's election interference and potential Trump campaign collusion. The US estimate of a Thai trade surplus of US$18.9 billion put it in 11th place on US President Donald Trump's list of countries to be investigated.

Tillerson said he had also warned Lavrov that Washington was deciding on a response to the Kremlin's move.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told Russia's top diplomat that Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 USA election "created serious mistrust" between the U.S. and Russian Federation. "Unsurprisingly, Russia can not simply ignore action of this kind, including the unlawful seizure of Russian diplomatic property since December past year".

To date, more than 13.9 million Mir cards have been issued in Russia, to roughly 10 percent of the country's population, according to the Russian National System of Payment Cards.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday that despite tensions with Washington, he believed his United States colleagues were prepared to keep communication lines open with Moscow. Mr Lavrov said that U.S. military preparations in the Korean Peninsula area are only escalating tension and this should be avoided.

Washington cites the conflict as a key obstacle to improved relations between Russian Federation and the United States. Mr Lavrov reiterated the need to respect in full Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the provisions of the UN Security Council resolutions that lay the foundations for advancing the political process.


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