Last week, the US Congress passed a bill to toughen the unilateral US sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
"We share the common view of ISIS (an extremist group, outlawed in Russia - TASS) as a threat to both of our countries and so we are committed to the defeat of ISIS, Daesh, other terrorists organizations", Tillerson said. USA intelligence agencies have formally accused Moscow of meddling in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump.
President Donald Trump's administration has said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea, including military ones.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said he will meet with his Russian opposite number foreign minister Sergei Lavrov over the weekend, but warned US-Russia ties could still get worse.
Tillerson said he understood why Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the U.S.to drastically cut its diplomatic presence in Russia, even though the move was in retaliation for a similar US action previous year under President Barack Obama. Turning to Asia، Tillerson said the U.S.is willing to sit down for talks with North Korea on the condition that they give up on their pursuit of nuclear weapons. "I think the president accepts that, all indications are he will sign that bill and then we'll just work with it". Another $19.8 million sits untouched at the State Department as Tillerson's aides reject calls from career diplomats and members of Congress to put the money to work against America's adversaries. Trump has expressed frustration over Congress' ability to limit or override the power of the White House on national security matters, saying that it is complicating efforts to coordinate with allies - a sentiment he expressed in Wednesday's statement. "But the president and our Congress are unified in our message to Russian Federation: A better relationship - the lifting of sanctions - will require Russian Federation to reverse the actions that caused the sanctions to be imposed in the first place, and not before".
"I think it's important to recognize that any leader of any country has their whole population watching them as well, and President Putin has his population of Russian Federation watching him", Tillerson said. Does it make our life more hard?
Hammond, who serves as Tillerson's spokesman and on the department's policy planning staff, has said the unit hadn't explained how $60 million, which will expire next month, of the earmarked funds would be spent, but the former State Department official denied that was the case.
This will be the first face-to-face meeting of United States and Russian foreign ministers after Moscow's decision to cut off more than 750 USA diplomatic mission staff in Russia.