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>> A back and forth that may help shape President Trump's foreign policy. US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, meeting his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on the sidelines of the G20. Syria and Afghanistan on the table, but it's on Russia's role in Ukraine's ceasefire, where Tillerson was most outspoken.
>> The United States will consider working with Russia when we can find areas of practical cooperation that will benefit the American people. Where we do not see eye to eye, the United States will stand up for the interest and values of America, and her allies. As we search for new common ground we expect Russia to honor its commitment to the Minsk agreements.
And work to de-escalate the violence in the Ukraine.>> The meeting seen as a key opportunity to gauge whether US relations with Russia may warm under US President Donald Trump. It's the highest level of face-to-face between the two administrations since Trump took charge, but neither side has given too much away.
Lavrov said the thorny issue of US sanctions against Moscow wasn't raised, instead saying the talks were pragmatic and business like. And when pressed by reporters on whether turbulence in Washington impacted ties, he replied we don't interfere in other nation's domestic affairs. But Russia's apparent ties with Trump's campaign team have overshadowed the meeting.
The G20 in Bonn is Tillerson's first major international outing. The former ExxonMobil CEO must front up as the face of US foreign policy, whatever that may become. But for now it's as much about building familiarity as a new era in relations.