USA acting like a 'naughty, spoiled child' over North Korea: Russian minister

The Trump administration is preparing a response to Moscow's demands that the US drastically cut its diplomatic presence in Russia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Monday.

His spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said diplomatically: "We note a certain contradiction in the statements coming out of the White House".

Tillerson and Lavrov's meeting comes after US President Donald Trump signed a bill passed overwhelmingly by Congress imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation. President Donald Trump, accused by critics of being too cozy with Russian Federation, signed the bill last week despite what he described in a signing statement as the bill's Constitutional flaws.

Russian Federation is reportedly working to cut back its dependence on US payment systems and the use of the American dollar as a settling currency, signaling the Kremlin is taking further retaliatory measures in response to new USA sanctions. Separately, about 2,000 ISIL militants are estimated to remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa, fighting for their survival in the face of an offensive by the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a senior US official said on August 4.

"I don't think it is useful to just cut everything off on one single issue", the more taciturn Tillerson said on Monday.

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.

Russian Federation has furiously denied reports, endorsed by U.S. intelligence agencies, that it attempted to swing last year's USA presidential in favor of the eventual victor, President Donald Trump.

Lavrov " who met with Tillerson in the Philippines on Sunday " says he explained how Russian Federation will carry out its response. Let's try to work together. We do not know how long it will take to normalize relations between the two States, he told the magazine International Affairs. During a photo-op before their meeting, Tillerson and Lavrov shared smiles and some pleasantries, but both ignored a question on how the new sanctions will impact their talks.

The Trump administration has been seeking closer ties to Russian Federation, especially on fighting ISIS and pressuring North Korea.

Commenting on Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov's statement about the need for Moscow to decrease its dependence on the United States financial system, a prominent Russian academician and financial analyst said that developing an independent payment system is "security matter" for Russia.

Lavrov's upbeat assessment came amid what the US has called a diplomatic low point unseen since the end of the Cold War.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday that despite tensions with Washington, he believed his USA colleagues were prepared to keep communication lines open with Moscow.

Washington sent Volker to Ukraine last month to assess the situation in the ex-Soviet republic, where a 2015 ceasefire between Kiev's forces and Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country is regularly violated.

He said he met Mr Lavrov to "help them understand how serious this incident had been and how seriously it damaged the relationship".

"However, North Korean representatives reacted in the same manner to all previously passed resolutions of the UN Security Council".

The United States and Russian Federation are feuding, expelling diplomats in what Washington calls a new post-cold war low. "Other current global matters, including the internal conflict in Ukraine, were also discussed", the Ministry wrote.

  • Jon Douglas