Tillerson asks for 'flexibility' in Russian sanctions

Senators from both major parties charged that such cuts would ultimately hurt America.

Mr. Tillerson previously has said the USA would maintain sanctions against Russian Federation until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented, and Washington and European allies have always been united in demanding so.

Instead, he said that there was an "active discussion" between Washington and Ramallah on the matter. He said North Korea would top the agenda at next week's high-level talks between US and Chinese officials.

Mr Tillerson offered tepid support for the sanctions measure, but urged Congress to make sure the sanctions legislation does not tie the president's hands and shut down promising avenues of communication between the two former Cold War foes.

Tillerson had declared the purported change in PA policy on Tuesday, during a public hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee concerning budget changes at the State Department.

While the Trump administration has continued to fulfill USA commitments under the landmark nuclear deal, it remains unclear if Iran is upholding its end of the deal, despite recent certifications from the State Department that relied on third party reporting.

Rather than throw their support behind one of the few bipartisan attempts to deal with Russia's interference, Tillerson said that the United States and Russian Federation "have some channels that are open where we're starting to talk, and I think what I wouldn't want to do is close the channels off with something new".

Tillerson noted that efforts for Washington and Moscow to cooperate are "underway" in Syria.

He said the administration was trying to find a way to re-establish a working relationship, notably on Syria.

"The question is, is the One China policy sustainable for the next 50 years?" Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told CNN he met with his staff Monday to discuss the budget, saying "After about five minutes, I said, 'This is a total waste of time.' The budget that's being presented is not going to be the budget we deal with".

The objective of Tillerson's appearance, his first of four congressional hearings this week, was to discuss the budget.

Many members of the U.S. Congress, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans, disagree sharply with his proposal to slash foreign aid and spending on diplomacy.

Committee members, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans, spoke sharply against the plan.

The issue of compensation has become a sticking point in efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, with Israeli officials citing it as one reason they do not regard Abbas as a "partner for peace".

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