Russia Preparing Lavrov-Tillerson Meeting in Manila on ASEAN Sidelines

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"There's paranoia and inertia - decisions are not being made", a State Department official told the website.

"He felt he had to do something", Tillerson said of Putin.

Trump and Tillerson have been shown little interest in repudiating Russian Federation for the election cyberattacks that have been reported by multiple US intelligence agencies. "I think the president accepts that".

Tillerson has not filled almost 200 senior posts in the department, having resisted putting many people in place while he carries out a State Department restructuring so he can fulfill Trump's request to slash $10 billion from its budget.

Some in Moscow and Washington had hoped relations between the former Cold War foes might improve under USA president Donald Trump, who has had warm words for President Vladimir Putin.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is not using nearly $80 million in earmarked money to combat terrorist propaganda and disinformation from America's adversaries, Politico is reporting. The bill nearly unanimously supported by both houses of Congress. Former President Barack Obama signed a spending bill one month before leaving office to boost State Department funding for these causes. They met a day after the president had fired FBI Director James Comey over what Trump later said the Russian Federation investigation.

In a wide-ranging assessment of his first six months in office, Tillerson laments the sour state of relations with Russian Federation and points to Russia's move to kick out many USA diplomats serving in Russian Federation. Tillerson suggested the action was expected, given the domestic pressure on the Russian leader to retaliate for steps Obama took to punish Russia after US intelligence agencies concluded Moscow meddled in the election.

"In terms of their response to that action, I think it's important to recognize that any leader of any country has their whole population watching them as well". Anadolu Agency said. "What we are hoping to avoid is the outbreak of a civil war، because you know what we really have is two conflicts in Syria: the war against ISIL and the civil war that created the conditions for ISIL to emerge،" Tillerson said at a State Department news briefing، referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria، or ISIL. "Does it make our life more hard?"

The next substantive conversation about how to move forward will likely be over the weekend.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Regional forum and other meetings that will be held in Manila from August 5 to 9, the State Department said on Wednesday.