Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosts Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the State Department to discuss tension with Russia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the State Department on Tuesday (March 7). In February, Tillerson said said he was ready to work with Russia if it found common areas for cooperation, but said Moscow had to adhere to commitments made over Ukraine. "As we search for new common ground we expect Russia to honor its commitment to the Minsk agreements and work to de-escalate violence in Ukraine," Tillerson told reporters after meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov last month. During his confirmation hearing in January, Tillerson said he opposed U.S. sanctions against Russia in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine because he said he thought they would be ineffective.