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One State Department official said Tillerson "leaned on Palmieri heavily" for Western Hemisphere issues, including in formulating the newly unveiled sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and a summit with Central American leaders in June.

As reported, the President of the United States Donald trump is already acquainted with the final version of the bill on the introduction of a more tightened sanctions against Russian Federation and intend to sign it. "I think the fact that they felt the need to take symmetrical action, and that's the way they view it is that they were delayed in taking this action", he added.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Tuesday for a dialogue with North Korea and acknowledged that US relations with Russian Federation have worsened during the Trump administration.

Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said it is important that the United States president is thinking about the current situation and prospects for bilateral relations, but his intention to sign the sanctions bill into law contradicts the building of ties.

Tillerson added that Trump will most likely sign the bill, adding however, that Washington will nevertheless try to restore relations with Moscow.

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Putin's decision to slash the staff at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Tillerson suggested, was a play to domestic politics after Barack Obama expelled Russian diplomats and seized two Russian properties in the closing weeks of his presidency.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that Asean member-nations meant to complete the COC framework by middle of 2017 in order to fast track its completion. "Does it make our life more hard?"

At a State Department press briefing on Tuesday, Tillerson conceded State still "had a lot of open slots" but praised career diplomats for stepping up in the interim. "Of course it makes our life more hard". The criticisms have fed rumors that he is frustrated about sparring with the White House over policy and complaints within the department he is trying to "redesign" for the 21st century, and that has considered resigning.

The money is earmarked for the State Department's Global Engagement Center and Tillerson has not issued a request for it. $60 million of it will expire on September 30 if it is not transferred to the State Department by then, officials told Politico.

"After the Ministers endorse the Framework, we expect them to task the Joint Working Group to begin discussions on the actual Code", said DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar.