>> US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sitting down to a tense discussion Sunday on the sidelines of an international gathering of ASEAN nations in Manila. It's the first official meeting between the two countries since President Trump reluctantly signed sanctions against Russia into law which the Kremlin says ended hopes for better ties.
Lavrov telling reporters that right out of the gate, Tillerson asked about Moscow's retaliation to those sanctions, the slashing of the US diplomatic presence in Russia.>> He was primarily interested, that was what he started with, in details of those decisions that we grudgingly made in response to the law on anti-Russian sanctions taken in the Congress of the United States of America and we provided an explanation.
>> The bill is passed.>> The sanctions imposed last week limit investment in Russia, and target its energy sector. Punishment for its role in the crisis in Ukraine and meddling in the US election. Lavrov describing the talks as lengthy, saying he feels the US is ready for continued dialogue on key issues.