US State Secretary plans to meet Russian counterpart in Philippines this weekend

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He said this at a briefing in Washington on Tuesday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. "And that's what the conversation is around, generally, with the president, is what are all those options".

But now Trump is poised to sign into law a bill to further tighten sanctions and Putin has ordered the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russian Federation to cut hundreds of staff.

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.

Named retired Gen. Anthony Zinni as special representative to try to resolve the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis over Qatar.

"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. Tillerson said he has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lavrov that "the situation's bad, but believe me, it can get worse". "And it just did". Former President Barack Obama signed a spending bill one month before leaving office to boost State Department funding for these causes. The diplomat had urged lawmakers not to proceed.

He said, "I think the American people want the two most powerful nuclear nations in the world to have a better relationship, I don't think the American people want us to have a bad relationship with a huge nuclear power, but I think they are frustrated, and I think a lot of this reflects the frustration that we've not seen the kind of improvement in the relationship with Russian Federation that all of us would like to see".

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On Capitol Hill, U.S. senators from both major political parties called on Trump to sign the sanctions bill into law without further delay.

Though the White House said the bill was still being reviewed, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump will sign it.

Tillerson's comments sound at odds with those of Vice President Mike Pence, who said the president is "unified" with Congress.

As we recently discussed, Trump is giving Putin what he wants in Syria, while simultaneously isolating the United States diplomatically, fracturing Western alliances, largely ignoring Russia's attack on the USA elections - all of which serve Moscow's strategic goals.

The assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere, covering Latin America and Canada, could play an outsized role in USA foreign policy given the Donald Trump administration's fixation on immigration issues from Latin America, trade deals with its closest neighbors, and the unraveling crisis in Venezuela.

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