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