“What I feel, talking to Rex Tillerson, is that this is the position of the administration, that they are not happy with the current state of relations, and we are not happy at all,” he said.

Lavrov said it would be “quite useful” for Trump and Putin to meet again in November during an Asian-Pacific summit scheduled in Danang, Vietnam, to review the progress in their bilateral relations. Talks are going on now among lower-ranking officials, he said, including the two countries’ militaries and their security agencies. “The dialogue has been going on, it’s not easy,” Lavrov said.

At their first face-to-face meetings, Putin and Trump met several times in Hamburg, Germany, in July during the G-20 summit.

Lavrov also seemed to hint that the “tit-for-tat” series of ousters of diplomats from the two countries’ embassies was over for now.

“We waited very long with our tit in response to Obama’s tit,” Lavrov said. “Being serious people and responsible people, and I feel Rex Tillerson is one of them, I hope that we can draw conclusions from where we are now and understand where we want to be.”

He said that both Russia and the United States have to address the situation as it is, which he said was created by “the spiral of unfriendly steps started by the Obama administration,” but still work like “responsible people” to address their bilateral ties as well as serious international issues.

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