Moscow ready for en­gage­ment with U.S., de­spite sanc­tions

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MANILA | Rus­sia’s top diplo­mat said Sun­day his coun­try was ready for more en­gage­ment with the United States on North Korea, Syria, Ukraine and other press­ing mat­ters, even as Moscow braced for new sanc­tions from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov, after meet­ing with Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son for the first since the U.S. im­posed the ad­di­tional penal­ties, said Rus­sian and the U.S. had agreed to re­sume a sus­pended high-level diplo­matic chan­nel and Wash­ing­ton would send its Ukraine en­voy to Moscow for ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Mr. Lavrov’s up­beat as­sess­ment came amid what the U.S. has called a diplo­matic low point un­seen since the end of the Cold War.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear whether the U.S. shared Mr. Lavrov’s rosy view of the meet­ing. The U.S. of­fered no com­ment about what the diplo­mats dis­cussed, and Mr. Tiller­son didn’t re­spond to shouted ques­tions from jour­nal­ists al­lowed in briefly for the start of the hour-plus meet­ing in the Philip­pines.

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