Mr Tillerson also pledged to "work closely with our friends and allies to ensure our messages to Russia, Iran and North Korea are clearly understood".
The problem with Trump's position isn't that he wants to maintain communications with Putin. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.
Putin warned that Russian Federation could further ratchet up the pressure, but he hoped this would not be needed.
Putin said on Russian state television Sunday, "We had hoped that the situation will somehow change, but apparently if it changes, it won't be soon". But it looks like, it's not going to change in the near future...
At the time, the Kremlin said it would put any retaliation on hold as it waited for Trump to take office.
President Trump said he would sign a bill that imposes sanctions and punishments on Russian Federation, the White House said on Friday after Moscow directed the United States to lay-off hundreds of diplomatic officers and said it would take two USA diplomatic properties in reprisal for the sanction.
Putin indicated that he is done waiting for relations with the U.S.to improve.
The sanctions Trump will soon sign are actually meant to punish Russian Federation for its unprecedented interference in the us election. But it will definitely affect those who will speak against the current government or try to work for a power change in the next election.
All the vehicles having diplomatic license plates have left the territory of the U.S. Embassy's former compound, located in the Serebryany Bor area, the outskirts of Moscow, a Sputnik correspondent reported Tuesday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the number of diplomatic staff cut will include Russian citizens, according to Reuters. Especially when it resulted in the most-reviled president in modern history. But despite Mr. Trump's overtures, the USA establishment has continued to take a hard-line position towards Moscow.
The building, which is being confiscated along with a USA warehouse in the south of the Russian capital, was used by US diplomatic staff at the weekends and to host parties for students, journalists and other diplomats. "We are assessing the impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it".
Moscow justified its decision to purge US diplomatic personnel in the country, as the Kremlin appeared to give up on hopes of improving ties anytime soon under Donald Trump.
Vladimir Putin has just signed into law a bill that makes it illegal to use Internet proxy services, including VPNs or virtual private networks. In an interview with Rossiya 1 TV channel, Putin said that 755 Americans will have to return to their homeland. The probes are also looking at whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey who was leading the agency's Russian Federation investigation before another former FBI director, Robert Mueller, was named to take over the criminal investigation.
Russian's Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction by September 1 in the number of US diplomats in Russia.
It would also allow the U.S.to levy sanctions against companies working on Russia's energy export pipelines.