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US Ambassador: Tillerson Counting on Meeting Putin Soon

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    Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson took a tough stance on Russia and China during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday. The ExxonMobile CEO said the U.S. should have lent military aid to Ukraine when Russia invaded and added that China should stop trade with North Korea after the United Nations sanctioned Chinese imports of North Korean coal. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017)

    The U.S. ambassador to Russia says that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is counting on meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during an upcoming visit to Moscow.

    John Teft said Tillerson would likely meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Putin "in the near future," according to Russian news agency Tass. It said Teft commented during a lecture in the northern Russian city of Arkhangelsk.

    The U.S. State Department has said Tillerson plans to visit Russia in April after attending a G-7 meeting in Italy. An exact date hasn't been announced.

    The Kremlin has repeatedly refused to comment on the visit and declined to say whether Putin would meet Tillerson.

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    Tillerson will attend a major NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday.