Tillerson makes global diplomatic debut at G-20 meeting

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement about a meeting he had with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Thursday in Bonn, Germany. (Brendan Smialowski/AP)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Thursday in his first foreign trip since becoming Washington’s top diplomat. Tillerson, making his debut at a meeting of diplomats from the Group of 20 major world economies in Bonn, Germany, said his talk with Lavrov touched many topics but focused on the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia has been supporting separatists there, and Tillerson said he urged Moscow to pull back. “As we search for new common ground,” Tillerson said, “we expect Russia to honor its commitment to the Minsk agreements and work to de-escalate the violence in Ukraine.”

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