Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the United States sanctions as a "full-fledged economic war" on Moscow and said that Washington has crushed hopes for repairing the estranged ties.
The top diplomats, who met on the sidelines of a summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila, exchanged their views on developing bilateral relations within context of ensuring safety in north-eastern Asia, the statement said.
Thornton says the USA wants to ensure that with the new sanctions, there's "not this kind of episodic back and forth that we've seen".
But that did not stop US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov from meeting for the first time since the Trump administration imposed new sanctions against Moscow.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated on Tuesday that dialogue, including the restart of long-stalled multilateral nuclear talks, was the only option if the issue of North Korea's growing missile and nuclear capabilities is to be resolved. In order to rein in the administration, Congress included a provision blocking Trump from unilaterally lifting sanctions against Moscow in its recent sanctions bill. "The U.S. will not rest until it has achieved a total degradation in relations", he tweeted.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the United States are willing to work with Russian Federation and it is pointless to cut off the ties over their disagreements.
Following the US House of Representatives' approval of sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on July 28 that Washington must reduce the number of its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people.
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".
"Our relationship with Russian Federation is at an all-time & very unsafe low".
Still, a US Justice Department investigation is moving ahead into Russia's election interference and potential Trump campaign collusion.
Lavrov said. The Russian diplomat added that Russia also appreciates the worldwide community's solidarity with the actions of the Putin's government to combat terrorism.
Word that USA special representative Kurt Volker plans to visit the Russian capital was the latest sign that Washington is giving fresh attention to resolving the Ukraine conflict.
The meeting was the first between the two since the sanctions were signed into law by Trump.