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After sanctions, Tillerson may find Russia talks an uphill climb

08:08 EDT 5 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

After sanctions, Tillerson may find Russia talks an uphill climbBy Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has the unenviable task of exploring U.S.-Russian cooperation following Washington's latest sanctions on Russia and Moscow's expulsion of U.S. diplomats. Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet this weekend at a regional forum in Manila, their first face-to-face talks since President Donald Trump reluctantly signed into law sanctions that Russia said amounted to a full-scale trade war and ended hopes for better ties. The sanctions, which passed both houses of Congress by overwhelming majorities despite Trump's objections, in part target the Russian energy sector, with new limits on U.S. investment in Russian companies.


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