Thursday, December 28 2017 16:07 EET
Tillerson on Russia: "We have no illusions about the regime we are dealing with"
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his column in The New York Times has said the United States has no illusions about today's regime in Russia.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson writes this in a column in The New York Times.

"On Russia, we have no illusions about the regime we are dealing with. The United States today has a poor relationship with a resurgent Russia that has invaded its neighbors Georgia and Ukraine in the last decade and undermined the sovereignty of Western nations by meddling in our election and others," he wrote.

According to him, the appointment of Kurt Volker, a former NATO ambassador, as special representative for Ukraine reflects our commitment to restoring the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"Absent a peaceful resolution of the Ukraine situation, which must begin with Russia's adherence to the Minsk agreements, there cannot be business as usual with Russia," Tillerson said.

Over the past year, the United States has faced immense challenges in its dealings with North Korea, China and Russia, and in its efforts to defeat international terrorism.

"While we are on guard against Russian aggression, we recognize the need to work with Russia where mutual interests intersect," the U.S. Secretary of State stresses.

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