U.S. diplomatic tiff with Russian Federation should not be escalated: State Department

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

Spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses reporters at the Department Press Briefing, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2017.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson believes the diplomatic tiff between Russian Federation and the United States should not be escalated further and hopes the two countries can begin working to improve ties, a State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tillerson would like to "take a pragmatic approach" to relations with Russian Federation, and work together where mutual interest align while upholding USA values.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on on August 31 ordered Russian Federation to close three diplomatic facilities in the United States as the diplomatic spat between Washington and Moscow continued to escalate.

"This is what we want also, so I'm really happy to hear we're all on the same page".

She said the meeting was the third between the two diplomats, who have been charged by Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to look to resolve disputes preventing wider cooperation between the two countries. She, however, said that Tillerson would see the move as unnecessary.

US officials say the United States has taken no improper diplomatic or law enforcement action in connection with the order for Russian Federation to vacate the three diplomatic facilities by September 2.

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