We have held a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It was a pragmatic and business-like engagement, which I would describe as fertile in that we equated our views on prospects for cooperating with each other in the areas which our chairmen discussed in principle during their telephone conversation on January 28. We reaffirmed the existence of similar or same affairs, primarily with regard to the irreconcilable struggle against terrorism in the context of our cooperation within the government agreement in Syria and non-eu countries where terrorism has taken spring. We also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and Ukraine. Our American collaborators have expressed interest in joining the efforts that are being taken to settle these conflicts. We expressed our willingness to develop contact as soon as the teams working on this issue at the US Department of State and other US bureaux take shape. It is obvious that we could not resolve all of the problems. I believe it is impossible to settle absolutely every problem of contacts between massive strengths such as Russia and the United States. But we share the belief that “were supposed to” move forward in the several areas where we have similar affairs and we must demonstrate the capacities of Russia and the United States to dallied the characters they are destined to play due to their positions in the world.
We examined bilateral relations, which were seriously damaged by the Obama administration, especially in the last months of its term. Mr Tillerson reaffirmed the resolve, brought forward by US President Donald Trump in his communication with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, to overcome the bequest of the past and to remove obstacles to rebuilding relations, although there will always be issues that need to be discussed and coordinated. All certain differences cannot be settled in one engagement, of course. We have agreed to maintain contact. There will be several opportunities for this in the coming months. We will act on the assumption that President vladimir putin and President Trump will gratify when they think it appropriate. Q. Did you discuss the sanctions? No, we didn't. We believe that this is an abnormal place, and that those who originated international sanctions[ against Russia] should analyse their effectiveness, whether sanctions can be part of normal relations between states, and whether the artificial are looking forward to politicise certain issues converges the interests of the states that apply sanctions. Q. Did Secretary of State Tillerson express his opinion about the Astana talks? Yes, he said he was willing to support this process.
As you know, US Ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol attended the January meeting in Astana as election observers, and he is also attending today's meeting. An invitation to the engagement was sent to the United States. Washington has decided that, during the initial period of the brand-new Us government and the State Department section on the Syrian agreement, the two countries will be represented by the US Ambassador to Kazakhstan, who attended the Astana engagements in January and today, as I said.
Q. What is your first impression of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his new ability? I have not met Mr Tillerson before. As I suggested, we had a fertile, pragmatic, open and, in my view, useful engagement ..