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But late Sunday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and told the Foreign Minister the USA has not yet even decided how it will respond, according to the AP.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson kicks off a two-day working visit to Malaysia from Tuesday (Aug 8), affirming the commitment by US President Donald Trump to strengthen bilateral ties with the country. 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.

"He was primarily interested in, what he started the talk with, the details of the decisions which we had to make as a response to the law with the anti-Russian sanctions adopted in the US Congress".

USA intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation interfered in last year's election to damage Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. "With the latest decree, we have appointed an ambassador to Laos, now we have missions in each ASEAN state", Cavusoglu said. Lavrov announced that Tillerson's special envoy for Ukraine negotiations, former ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, will travel to Russian Federation soon to discuss the conflict.

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In addition, the United States official revealed that he had warned Lavrov that Washington was deciding on a response to the Kremlin's decision to order a cut in the size of the U.S. mission in Moscow.

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

Hours earlier, Lavrov said he believed his US counterpart was ready to continue dialogue with Russian Federation on complex issues despite the bilateral tensions and the imposition of new USA sanctions.

In recent days, the Trump administration has been considering providing lethal weaponry to Ukraine to help defend itself against Russian aggression.

The sanctions are also aimed at stopping Russian Federation from meddling in US elections, but Moscow denies ever doing this.

The sanctions, which passed both houses of Congress by overwhelming majorities despite Trump's objections, in part target the Russian energy sector, with new limits on USA investment in Russian companies. "Unsurprisingly, Russia can not simply ignore action of this kind, including the unlawful seizure of Russian diplomatic property since December a year ago". At the same time, we are ready to normalise relations if Washington abandons its confrontational line. "Now, having said that, we also have very important national security interests in the Middle East, in Syria, and we have important national security interests in Afghanistan and that region of the world, and we have serious needs to begin to address the situation in Ukraine".

"The other is to call for the resumption of the six-party talks, emphasizing the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue by diplomatic and political means so as to avoid further escalation of the tension", Wang said, in a statement released by the Chinese foreign ministry. "Other current worldwide matters, including the internal conflict in Ukraine, were also discussed", the Ministry wrote.

  • Sonia Alvarado