Tillerson: US to respond to Russia's ouster of diplomats

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin right joined by National Economic Director Gary Cohn and White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. MUST CREDIT Washington Post

Tillerson added that while the Russian hack of the U.S. Other issues discussed included the situation on the Korean Peninsula following the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2371 on August 5. We hope that our contacts with the United States will continue also in relation to other aspects, both military and political, of the Syrian settlement.

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.

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 think it's important to see that this is a Congressional act meant to damage Mr. Trump and his ability to conduct foreign policy", Kwiatkowski said.

U.S. secretary of state discusses Kremlin's alleged collusion in last year's USA election with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov.

The White House said Trump's opposition stemmed from the bill's failure to grant the president sufficient flexibility on when to lift sanctions.

"We felt that our American counterparts need to keep the dialogue open", Lavrov said.

Trump also lashed out at lawmakers for endorsing the sanctions measure while blaming Congress for fostering a tense relationship with Moscow. That move stoked confusion in Washington, given that the U.S.is believed to have far fewer than 755 American employees in Russian Federation.

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"Our relationship with Russian Federation is at an all-time & very risky low".

Russian President Vladimir Putin retaliated by ordering the USA to reduce its diplomatic staff in the country by 755 people and seizing two American properties.

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.

Specifically, the intel community found that Russian President Vladimir Putin "ordered an "influence campaign" targeting the US election, with goals that included undermining trust in the USA electoral process, denigrating Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and helping Trump".

Russian Federation has repeatedly rejected allegations that it interfered in the U.S. election while Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow.

By contrast, U.S. trade with the European Union totaled over $3.6 trillion in 2014, and trade with China was almost $687 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Word that Volker, the Ukraine envoy, plans to visit the Russian capital was the latest sign that Washington was giving fresh attention to resolving the Ukraine conflict.

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