Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on April 12, acknowledging “sharp differences” with the Kremlin. (Reuters)

The Washington Post
April 12 at 2:30 PM
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his first directs talks with Russia’s president on Wednesday amid deepening tensions after U.S. missile strikes in Syria and Washington’s demands that Moscow abandon support for its main Middle East ally.The meeting between Tillerson and Russian President Vladimir Putin came after hours of tense exchanges, with both sides staking out positions that were sharply at odds. Russia made it clear it was unwilling to roll back its strategic alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The talks appeared unlikely to bring any significant breakthroughs after last week’s missile strike plunged U.S.-Russian relations to one of the lowest points since the Cold War.

But despite the growing rifts, some general compromises were discussed.